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Composting: A Scientific Investigation: California Academy of Sciences
Garbage, recycle, compost: Does it really matter where we put our trash once we are done? By making detailed observations over seven weeks, kids will see which materials break down naturally to become a healthy part of the soil, and which items do not decompose easily. Note: A more detailed lesson plan is available under the Download Materials section near the top of the page.
Tell Me More about Composting: Nature's Recyclers
Does your class know about nature's recyclers? The class is introduced to three types of composting, how it works, and why it is good for the environment. They will go outside in search of five items: a dead tree or log, a live tree, a live leaf, a dead leaf, and a mushroom. They'll make careful observations as to the types of earth and insects found near each item. Additionally, they take samples of earth and leaves which they will use in a class experiment. Pupils also construct a Berlese funnel to see exactly who is helping nature complete her composting. The lesson is amazing and totally worth checking out!
Cycles of Matter and Composting
Engage learners with a lesson on the flow of energy through the food chain, producers, consumers, decomposers, and the interconnectedness of natural systems. They watch a series of videos showing the decomposition process through composting, participate in a composting play, and discuss liquid and solid waste. The class then creates a mini-composting bin which they will use and observe over a series of days or weeks. The lesson includes tons of great links!
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.
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.
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 when preparing a compost pile for their spring planting.
Recycling and Composting
Students study the value of renewable resources, composting and conservation. They watch computer based video before completing a composting activity and making recycled paper.
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 students read articles about successful food scrap containers. Worksheets and graphic organizers are included in the lesson.
Recycling and Composting
Students investigate the reasons for and processes of Recycling and Composting. In this environmental lesson, students learn to identify renewable and nonrenewable resources and then practice recycling by making recycled paper and composting organic materials.
Learning About Composting
Students can create a compost pile to learn about the decomposition process.
Composting and Mulching
Second graders define composting and recognize what can be composted. In this composting and mulching instructional activity, 2nd graders classify objects or pictures as good or bad for composting. Students write a story about life in the compost heap.
Compost in a Bag!
Fourth graders experiment to see which objects decompose. In this compost lesson, 4th graders observe the changes of labeled objects in a bag. Leave the objects for one month and record the changes by observation and weight. Students note the items that changed to compost.
Students discover the concept of decomposition. They examine how it makes the soil more fertile and how it helps plants. They put a compost bin in their backyard and record their observations.
Composting in Schools: Observing Compost Microorganisms
Learners explore composting. In this composting lesson, students use compound microscopes to observe the microbial communities in compost. Observations and documentation of changes will occur over the course of several weeks.
Observing Compost Invertebrates
Second graders examine compost piles and what invertebrates help decompose the organic matter. In this compost invertebrates lesson students collect invertebrates found in a compost pile and examine them.
Worms are such fun little creatures, and they do so many exciting things! Little learners explore what worms do as they read a class story and participate in a mock worm experiment. They read the story; Squirmy Wormy Composters by Bobbie Kalman and Janine Schaub as they discuss how a worm moves, is physically structured, and can stretch. They then make predictions and conduct an experiment to test how stretchy a worm really is. Note: Real worms are replaced with gummy worms, so no real worms will be injured during the experiment.
"Leaf" It in Your Yard
Students research about the process of composting. Students apply their research by creating a compost pile at school that will be maintained once or twice a month for the remainder of the school year.
COMPOSTING: WHY BOTHER?
Students explore the composting process and participate in a contest to make the most compost the fastest from the school's kitchen and yard waste.
Students identify the three stages of soil decomposition. In this life science lesson, students make their own compost pile and observe its dynamics from week to week. They collect temperature data and observations.
Composting By Kids
Composting is a fascinating process. For this science lesson, 3rd graders go to the computer lab and view a slideshow on composting, then work in groups to complete a concept map on the topic they were assigned. The internet links and blackline masters needed to complete the lesson are included.