Vermicomposting for Schools
Worms bins are found in thousands of classrooms (ranging from kindergarten through high school) throughout North America. Having a worm bin in the classroom enables students to learn about organic decomposition, the soil food web, and the relationship between earthworms and ecological sustainability. Vermicomposting is the perfect fit for State requirements that students learn about habitats and ecosystems. Students can learn a variety of subjects using a classroom worm bin, including science, history, math, language arts, music, geography, and social studies.
Publications & Resources
- Earthworm Composting – Southern Region 4-H Wildlife Curriculum Committee
- Natural Resources Conservation Service USDA Tidbits for teachers and students
- Vermicomposting & Earthworm Q & A (Rhonda Sherman, Vermicomposting News – 2013). Simple questions and answers about vermicomposting and earthworms.
- Vermicomposting Curricula Book list for educators.
- Vermicomposting Leader’s Guide: A School Enrichment Curriculum (Sherman, R., Liverman, R., and Maxa, E.). 2008; revised March 2020. NC State Extension. E08-50326 4H-16-14PW. 31p. Six chapters on vermicomposting can be used by teachers, extension agents, and youth group leaders.
- Worm Bin Troubleshooting (Rhonda Sherman, Vermicomposting News – 2009). Tips for taking care of your worm bin.
- Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage Sherman, R. 2017. NC State Extension. AG-473-18. 6 p. How to set up and maintain a worm bin in your home or office to compost food scraps.
- Vermicomposting in Childcare Center Gardens Sherman, R. 2020. NC State Extension. LS-007-08. 4 p.