California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers

Q. Are the exercises in the Adventures of Vermi the Worm correlated to California Content Standards? If so, which ones?

A. Yes, we have correlated the California Content Standards to each exercise or activity in The Adventures of Vermi the Worm. A complete table of correlations can be found on the Correlation to Standards page.

Q. Should I do the Closing the Loop activities on vermicomposting before or after this game?

A. You don't have to do any preliminary or prerequisite work before experiencing the Adventures of Vermi the Worm. Use it to fit your own teaching style. For suggestions on how to incorporate into your lesson plan, go to the Teacher information page.

Q. Can I stop the game at any time to conduct a discussion with my class?

A. The three red arrows in the upper left corner of the screen allow you to:

  1. Exit the game
  2. Restart at the beginning of the scene you are currently in
  3. Restart the game at the beginning

There is no “pause” feature, but when a character is done talking and the user is suppose to take action, you can use this pause to have your discussion.

Q. Is it recommended to download the Adventures of Vermi the Worm onto my computer’s hard drive or our LAN?

A. It may help the scenes to load faster and you may see slightly improved animation and audio by downloading it onto your system

Q. Can students do the Adventures of Vermi the Worm on their own or is it teacher directed?

A. The Adventures of Vermi the Worm is designed to be self-guided. It was written to 3rd grade comprehension level. You may find some students need assistance but most will not.

Q. How long does it take to complete the Adventures of Vermi the Worm?

A. The full game takes about 25-34 minutes to experience each scene and the activities within each scene. There are a couple optional activities that the player could skip which would shorten the playing time.

Q. Do I need any special equipment other than a computer?

A. No.

Q. Why is it important for student s to take class time to do this?

A. The Integrated Waste Management Board believes it is important for students to learn about the environment they live in. This enables them to be more informed and better decision-makers and problem-solvers. The Adventures of Vermi the Worm is an opportunity to use current technology as a tool to educate, not only students but all California citizens, about the benefits of vermicomposting and other waste management strategies.

Q. What is vermicomposting? Is it messy?

A. Vermicomposting is a “recycling technique” whereby red worms (a species of worms) are used to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich compost. This can be done on a small or large scale and it’s an excellent way to divert food scraps from going to the landfill. Vermicomposting, if done right, is not messy or stinky. When the compost is ready to harvest, this part can get a little messy but there are many different ways to separate the compost from the worms. Check out The Worm Guide for a step-by-step process on building and maintaining a worm bin or worm motel.

Last updated: September 19, 2001
Office of Education and the Environment http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Education/
Contact: EEI@calrecycle.ca.gov (916) 341-6769