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Reduce Our Carbon Footprint, Let’s Compost!
Roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty with this elementary and middle school compost instructional activity. All you need is a large plastic container, a couple old newspapers, some organic waste, and a few hundred worms and you're...
Conservation in Small Places - Composting
A fabulous lesson introduces the art of composting to your gardeners. In it, youngsters learn about the composting process and how it actually works. They discuss the environmental benefits of composting, and use the "lasagna" method...
Compost in a Bag
Young scientists create a compost bag, predict changes, and after one month, examine the bag to observe the changes that have occurred.
Exploring Compost Critters
Young scientists search for, collect, and examine garden FBI (fungus, bacteria, invertebrates) in the school garden, check off found items from their "most wanted" list, and then create a layered compost cake to celebrate.
If you are looking for how to introduce elementary environmentalists to the process of composting, here is a comprehensive outline for making it happen. The plan is to set this up at the beginning of a school year in order to observe the...
Build an Indoor Compost Bin
Students write an essay to describe the contents of a compost bin. In this composting instructional activity, students create a compost bin. Students examine soil for its contents and explains in an essay the impact of the soil on the...
Composting is a great way to get children involved in recycling. First, they discuss how biodegradable products decompose to make compost. Then, they talk about what can and cannot be composted. They play a game similar to around the...
Recycling and Composting
Students set up composting sites that allow food scraps and paper to be recycled by nature. They are introduced to one aspect of recycling; composting. Students see how God recycles as the worms change garbage into something that brings...
Pre-School Composting and Recycling!
You can never be too young to get involved in composting or recycling. Here is a lesson that has been made for the very littlest learners and it's all about the importance of conservation. They'll sort compostable and recyclable objects,...
Life Cycle of Compost
As part of a study of the life cycle of compost, class members examine the differences between green waste disposal and backyard composting.
Composting "The Right Mix"
Students investigate the correct mix of material types for compost. In this composting instructional activity, students explore the correct amounts of different types of materials to create a compost heap. Students then create a compost...
Composting: Why Bother?
The first STEM lesson in a group of 10 explores composting. After discussing how to make a better tomorrow, classes are challenged to track garbage in their communities, visit a local waste management facility, and conduct a survey about...
Sort the Compost Bin
Learners discover what compost is. In this composting lesson, students view a sample of a compost bin and define what the purpose of compost is. Learners discuss what the compost bin consists of and sort the compost bin into the green...
Build an Outdoor Compost Heap
Students study how to create a compost heap. In this composting instructional activity, students create a compost heap. Students write an essay describing the process.
Get your hands dirty with an interactive lesson that showcases the process of decomposing and returning nutrients back into the soil. After building a compost pile, pupils regularly observe the ways worms help with changes to the soil...
Using 2-liter bottles, junior ecologists create composting tubes in which they place nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich materials. They observe what changes occur over two weeks' time. Provide more specific direction to your class as to what...
Compost Monitor Training
What should go in the trash, and what can be composted? Guide your young conservationists through the process of composing their trash with a activity about the different ways we can dispose of garbage. Using a trash bag with clean...
Compost and Composting Experiments
Students investigate the composting process through a variety of experiments. In this ecology lesson, students discuss the benefits of composting. They examine how compost affect plant growth.
Students examine the decomposition process. They create their own class compost pile and record their observations. They discover which materials decompose at a different rate.
Students research cafeteria composting. In this composting lesson, students design a vessel that would allow the cafeteria staff to collect food scraps for composting. Then students build a prototype and present it to the class. Lastly...
Recycling and Composting
Students investigate the reasons for and processes of Recycling and Composting. In this environmental activity, students learn to identify renewable and nonrenewable resources and then practice recycling by making recycled paper and...
Compost Bioreactor Design
Organic waste is a hot topic. The second of three installments in the Bioreactor Water Heating unit challenges pupils to create bioreactors that collect energy released from compost. After watching videos on the properties of water and...
Captain Planet Foundation
What happens at the end of a plant's life cycle? Show kids the natural way that plants show that they're decomposing, as well as the importance of compost, with a lesson about living organisms. After reading Log Cabin by Anne Schreiber,...
Captain Planet Foundation
Worm Your Way Out of This
How can you provide healthy soil for your garden? Study worms, bacteria, and other microorganisms in a instructional activity about decomposition and organic compost. After discussing what you know about worms and watching a video, watch...
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