Herman the Worm

Empowered Learner


Herman the Worm is an Illinois University Extension website that teaches about the life of worms through a guided study.

Students will:

  • Understand the life of a worm through a guided study and understand how they live and how they help us.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Biologist: A biologist studies the science of living organisms.
  2. Kingdom: A kingdom is either a plant or an animal.
  3. Phylum: A phylum is smaller than a kingdom.
  4. Annelid: An annelid is a segmented worm.
  5. Class: A class is smaller than a phylum.
  6. Oligochaete: Oligochaete is having a few hairs.
  7. Order: Order is smaller than class​​​​​​​.
  8. Opisthopora: Opisthopora is having one pair of pores that are small openings located behind where the segments of a worm come together.
  9. Family: A family is smaller than order.
  10. Genus: A genus is made up of a group of individuals who are all closely related.
  11. Species: A species is a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. 
  12. Anatomy: An anatomy is the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts.

To prepare for this lesson:

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. The students logon to The Adventures of Herman the Worm.
  2. The students follow the steps as they are guided through the lessons.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Create a Pamphlet
  • Exit Tickets
  • Discussion
  • Create or locate a Kahoot on Herman the Worm

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner 
1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
1b. Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1d. Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Adventures of Herman the Worm

How do Worms Turn Garbage into Compost

Life Cycle of a Worm

Wonderful Worms Video


This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools. February 2020.