Compost Teacher Resources

Find Compost educational ideas and activities

Showing 1 - 20 of 704 resources
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.
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!
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!
Young scholars 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 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 environment.
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.
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.
Students study the value of renewable resources, composting and conservation. They watch computer based video before completing a composting activity and making recycled paper.
Learners research cafeteria composting. In this composting lesson, students design a vessel that would allow the cafeteria staff to collect food scraps for composting. Then learners 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.
Students 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 can create a compost pile to learn about the decomposition process.
Students study how to create a compost heap. In this composting lesson, students create a compost heap. Students write an essay describing the process.
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.
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. In this composting lesson plan, 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. 
Students conduct an experiment to demonstrate that many of the enzyme systems needed to break down society's wastes exist in nature among the decomposers in a compost pile. They culture compost bacteria on starch agar to examine the decomposition action of the bacteria.
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.
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.

Browse by Subject


Compost