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58 resources with the keyterm compost

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Got to Rot

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students make their own compost in a 2-liter jug and determine the actual volume loss in the composted material over a six-month period.
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The Rotten Truth

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate compost. In this Science lesson, 4th graders take notes on the components of soil and its relation to plant growth. Students describe the steps in making compost.
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Observing Compost Invertebrates

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders examine compost piles and what invertebrates help decompose the organic matter.  In this compost invertebrates instructional activity students collect invertebrates found in a compost pile and examine them. 
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Collecting Compost

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students observe a composting box. In this soil lesson plan, students create a composting bin by using a bin, newspaper, worms, and food scraps. Students create a composting food web.
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The Rotten Truth: Healthy Food from Healthy Soil

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate methods of decomposition in order to make compost. In this decomposition science activity, students set up compost bags using food and materials which decay over time. The initial activity is approximately 30...
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Rotten Research

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners study the concept of composting as a way to reduce landfill usage. In this composting lesson, students discuss a read aloud that explains composting. They use books, Internet resources, and teacher-made resources to research...
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Let's make a landfill

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a mini-landfill. In this decomposing lesson, students differentiate between materials that decay from those that won't. Students identify the factors that might help materials from decomposing. Students record on a...
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Recyclers Revisited

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders observe their plant experiments that they started in a previous lesson and examine the role of decomposers in the nitrogen cycle. Two weeks after they set up a worm terrarium, they analyze any changes they observe, and...
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The Rotten Truth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students demonstrate and explain the decomposition process. They list the methods and ingredients for making compost. Each pair is provided with a Ziploc quart bag. Students are provided with a "Decay Buffet." They place one small piece...
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Are you going to eat that?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify and define composting. STudents compare and contrast aerobic and anaerobic composting. Students illustrate the benefits of composting and other methods to reuse, recycle, reduce, and respond. Students identify through...
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Compost Challenge

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the compost process and issues surrounding municipal waste. They work cooperatively in groups to make decisions and complete the project. They predict and evaluate information.
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Recycling by Composting

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the idea of recycling by composting. Using the internet, they research the benefits of composting to the environment. In groups, they collect numbers on how much food and yard waste is produced in their community. ...
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Sustainable Agriculture

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students perform an experiment to find out if plants grow best when grown in soil with no fertilizer, with chemical fertilizers, or with compost that they have made themselves. Students discover how agriculture practices can benefit the...
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Soda Bottle Compost: Nutrient Cycling in Action

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students investigate, through their own experimentation, the important role wildlife play in nutrient cycling. Earthworms and compost are used in this experiment and different experimental setups be evaluated.
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What a Waste

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students analyze components of garbage. They collect and sort a few days' worth of garbage. They chart the results of an investigation.
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Where Should It Go? Recycle? Compost? Incinerate? Landfill?

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students discuss what happens to trash after it is collected. They sort "clean" trash into groups depending on whether it should be recycled, incinerated, placed in a landfill, composted or if it is something we could avoid using.
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Worm Wranglers

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders set up and maintain a worm composter. They monitor the waste from their lunches, prepare the menu for the worms, and determine how the keep the worms alive.
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Red Worms and Vermicomposting

For Teachers 10th
Young ecologists discover the conditions that worms prefer. They collect data regularly from a compost heap and write a summary of findings at the end of 12 weeks.
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Micro-organisms and Human Life

For Students 9th - 10th
In this biology activity, students identify and locate various vocabulary terms that relate to micro-organisms and human life. There are 20 biology terms located in the word search.
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The Compost Bucket

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Pupils recognize that plants and soils have a close relationship. They view a photo essay on the common practice and natural process of composting. Afterwards, they observe the process of plant decay over the course of several days.
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EcoFluxx

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners describe examples of predator/prey relationships in nature explain how some animals protect themselves from predation better follow all directions presented to them become more flexible, adaptable and literate learners. They...
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Recycling Garden Waste

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students experience how to make compost. This instructional activity is ongoing with periodic checks and maintenance. They select a piece of ground around the school or around their homes to establish a compost pile. Organic materials...
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Classroom Composting

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students observe and describe the cyclic nature of life. They identify and appreciate the importance of a balanced ecosystem. Finally, students compare and contrast biodegradable and non-biodegradable resources in nature and describe the...
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Composting At Home

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders participate in a mini lab to explore the rate of decomposition. After researching various methods of composting, 9th graders choose one to be used at home. During their composting activity, students create data tables and...