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Lesson Overview
  • 50 Minutes
  • 1, 4, 5, 9
  • 1st - 4th Grade
  • State Standards:
    Science Standards: 1.1-1.3 through 4.14.3

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Materials List
  •  2 clear plastic containers (one slightly smaller than the other)
  • Soil
  • Screen or a piece of nylon
  • Rubber band
  • About 10 worms (to locate worms outside dig in soft, moist soil)

Build a Worm Condo

Categories:  Agriculture ,  Biology

The worm “condo” built in this activity allows students to observe worms tunnel through the dirt and see their segmented body parts in action. When the class is done observing the worms, return them to their natural environment.


  • Place the smaller clear container (needs to be an inch or so smaller in diameter) inside the larger clear plastic container. You need to create a space for the worms to move, but you want it narrow enough so you can view their worms tunnels.
  • Fill the space between the two containers with fresh soil (do not use potting soil). Keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet.
  • Place worms in the area with the soil, then cover the container with a piece of nylon stocking. This will allow air to flow. Secure the stocking with a rubber band.
  • Now watch the worms tunnel through the soil!

For full instructions, please download our PDF