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.
Online version of the teachers’ guide Caring for Animals.
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