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Book List for Teachers

Teachers are understanding how beneficial vermicomposting lessons are in classrooms. A variety of curricula have been created using earthworms and worm bins for educational activities in mathematics, science, fine arts, language arts, music, social studies, and physical education.


Composting Across the Curriculum: A Teacher’s Guide to Composting by Tahara Ezrahti (1993). Uses 21 activities to connect composting to social studies, language arts, math, science, fine arts, music and physical education for ages 7-adult. Includes how to set up and maintain worm bins and backyard composting bins. 118 pp.

Vermicomposting Leader’s Guide: A 5th Grade School Enrichment Curriculum by Rhonda Sherman, Rebecca Liverman, & Ed Maxa. (2008). E08-50326 4H-16-14PW. Six chapters on vermicomposting that can be used by teachers, extension agents, and youth group leaders. May be adapted for all ages. 8 pp.

The Wonderful World of Wigglers by Julia Hand – Common Roots Guidebook (1995). The crucial relationship between earthworms, the soil, and ecological sustainability is emphasized through social studies, applied scientific method, language arts, math, art, music, dance, and physical activity for ages 5-10. 164 pp. ISBN 1-884430-01-7.

The Worm Guide: A Vermicomposting Guide for Teachers. California Integrated Waste Management Board. 2004. 48 pp.

Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment by Mary Appelhof, Mary F. Fenton & Barbara Harris (1993). Soil science, plant growth studies, and ecological issues are integrated with 150+ earthworm activities to help students develop science, math, language, and problem-solving skills for grades 4-8. 232 pp. ISBN 0-942256-03-4.

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Photo of Brandon HopperBrandon HopperBusiness and Technology Application Technician (919) 515-3705 brandon_hopper@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
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