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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 complete decomposition process, from food and leaves, to humus. 
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 write an essay to describe the contents of a compost bin.  In this composting lesson, students create a compost bin. Students examine soil for its contents and explains in an essay the impact of the soil on the environment.
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, and then create a classroom composting bin. After lunch, they'll work together to get in the habit of sorting their waste into either the composting bin or recycle bin. 
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 world where they toss a ball to each other, calling out compostable materials. Once everybody is sitting down, they play a game of tag that continues to reinforce the concept of composting biodegradable objects.
Learners investigate the composting process through a variety of experiments. For this ecology lesson, students discuss the benefits of composting. They examine how compost affect plant growth.
A fabulous instructional activity 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.
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.
Learners investigate the reasons for and processes of Recycling and Composting. In this environmental instructional activity, students learn to identify renewable and nonrenewable resources and then practice recycling by making recycled paper and composting organic materials. 
Students study how to create a compost heap. In this composting activity, students create a compost heap. Students write an essay describing the process.
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.
Students explore composting. For 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.
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. 
Second graders define composting and recognize what can be composted.  In this composting and mulching lesson, 2nd graders classify objects or pictures as good or bad for composting. Students write a story about life in the compost heap.
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.
Dice and playing cards are used to play a "resourceful" board game! Correct answers to questions on the cards get garbage to be reused, recycled, or composted, while incorrect answers get garbage sent to the landfill. Landfill points are negative, while the others all earn positive scores. Questions are thought-provoking and can be used to help address Next Generation Science Standards in earth science. 
Raise environmental awareness with the first lesson of this series on waste management. Read a short story about a fifth grader's trip to a landfill and introduce the concepts reduce, reduce, recycle, and compost. Follow up with a discussion about different ways young conservationists can reduce waste in the lunches they bring from home. Use this as an opportunity to further explore composting with a lesson on decomposition and the cycle of energy through an ecosystem. A great resource to add into an Earth Day celebration.
Learners 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 is a fascinating process. In 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.

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