Transcript All about Earthworms - St Charles Catholic Primary School L17
All about Earthworms By Mrs Gillespie Earthworms burrow through the soil making tunnels. They do this by eating the soil. Worms help to keep soil healthy. We need healthy soil for growing plants, fruit and vegetables. What would happen if the worms decided they were fed up of burrowing tunnels through the soil, and decided to not do it anymore? Earthworms do not have legs, instead their body is covered in tiny hairs that help them move. Earthworms do not have eyes. They use their body to feel for sounds. If earthworms do not stay wet they will dry up and die. Earthworms breath through their body so when it rains, they must come to top of the soil or they will drown. They know when it is raining because they can feel the sound of raindrops falling onto the ground. Did you know that we do not have boy worms or girl worms? Earthworms only have two birthdays. Where we live in the Britain, there are 25 different types of earthworms. The Lob worm is the biggest and can grow up to 35cm long. That’s a bit bigger than Nursery’s wooden rulers! In other countries, earthworms can grow up to 300cm long! That’s longer than nursery’s cloakroom. How long do you think the worm in the photograph is? Worms are nocturnal like hedgehogs, bats, badgers and owls; they come out at night time. Worms eat leaves, seedlings and plants. Other animals love to eat worms, and some people do to! Shrews eat worms. Wasps eat worms. Birds eat worms. Slugs eat worms. Frog eat worms. Hedgehogs eat worms. Badgers eat worms. Lowland streaked tenrec eat worms. Lizards eat worms. This looks like a worm, but what is it? Can you make a long thin worm or a short fat worm? What things would you need to make a worm slithering through grass? Can you make a wormery?