We spent a lot of time outside last week thanks to the beautiful weather, and of course that meant lots of casual nature study for Emma. Here’s a photo I caught of a worm she found – as she was holding it up to show me, the bright sunshine gave it a kind of x-ray effect and I was amazed to see so clearly the insides of the worm!
I thought this was a terrific way to clearly see evidence of what we had read in The Handbook of Nature Study (read it online free here) and various library books about earthworms:
1. Its digestive system runs through its entire body. 2. It eats dirt and the organic material in it (dead leaves, etc).
Don’t you think this is a great alternative to dissecting? ;-) I do.
Here’s a closeup that I darkened a bit so you can see each of the many segments:
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