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What is composting? Introduce your class to one of the newest trends in respecting the environment. Start by reading one of three books (listed here) that discusses what composting is. Learners will then use the KWL chart they completed the day before to answer any questions they might have had. Why do we compost our garbage? Several additional activities are included here, but the link to the video "Reduce, Recycle, Compost" is not currently working.
Students examine their role in polluting the environment and discuss the importance of recycling. In groups, they place earthworms into compost piles to observe why they are considered natural recyclers. They also practice sorting a pile of materials into recycleable and non-recyclable objects. To end the lesson, they discover how paper and plastic are recycled.
Students play a game based on concentration or memory to place recyclable items into one of 4 groups. In this recycling lesson, students work in groups of 1-4 to place cards with pictures of various items into a Composting, Recycling, Hazmat, or Thrift Store category. Students also have the opportunity to earn extra credit.