It is important that students learn the different components of habitats and the consequences of removing one or more of those components. This activity can allow empirical study of habitats in the classroom when weather conditions are unfavorable outdoors. This experiment gives earthworms a choice of two habitats and identifies which habitat they prefer. Students will learn that earthworms prefer habitats with high organic matter. Results from this study can then be used to predict where worms prefer to live in the schoolyard or across a landscape.
At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Identify the habitats of familiar organisms and their needs for survival
- Conduct an experiment to identify preferred habitats of organisms
Lesson created by Brook Wilke