Rotting Away

This Rotting Away lesson plan also includes:

What happens at the end of a plant's life cycle? Show kids the natural way that plants show that they're decomposing, as well as the importance of compost, with a activity about living organisms. After reading Log Cabin by Anne Schreiber, they work on a coloring worksheet and identify the organisms mentioned in the book. They then take a walk down a nature trail to find examples of decomposing plants and trees.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Great for an elementary classroom or a kids' camping trip
  • If you don't have a trail for kids to explore, have them take a nature walk through the school to find examples of plants that are decomposing
Pros

  • Comes with many resources for the project, including informational worksheets and a rubric for evaluation
Cons

  • None
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