In this activity, students consider some of the ethical issues involved with keeping earthworms (and other animals) captive in a classroom setting.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- list the five freedoms that all animals should be able to experience
- describe the optimal conditions for keeping earthworms in the classroom based on the five freedoms and their knowledge of earthworm life processes
- review the conditions under which the class is housing, handling and studying their earthworms.
Download the Word file (see below) for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- extension ideas
- student worksheet.
To more fully explore this issue or to explore other ethical issues, check out these Hub resources.
- Ethics thinking toolkit – a tool to help students decide what is right or wrong, and why
- – conservation of native frogs
- – conservation of native birds
This article introduces the rest of our content related to earthworms.
See the teachers’ guide to Caring for Animals on the TKI website.
The New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) provide resources on animal ethics.
These web links below provide comprehensive information about the laws and guidelines and how they apply to animals.