A public agency reducing waste in Alameda County
Students will set up a worm compost bin in the classroom, maintain the bin and observe how the contents change over time.
Students learn about the process of decomposition, compost and why it’s important by setting up compost bin at school.
Students learn about worms by observing live red worms in groups and record their observations.
Students sort through compost in groups and identify different types of compost critters they observe and share their results with the class.
Students learn about the benefits of adding compost to soil as an amendment. They design and conduct their own experiment to test how compost effects plant growth.
Students learn about the food chain of a compost bin by playing a tag game illustrating the role of decomposers in a food web.
Students learn about the process of decomposition by testing the effects of different variables on the decomposition of organic and inorganic materials over time.
Students are introduced to the process of decomposition in a compost bin and classify found objects from their school grounds as biodegradable or non-biodegradable.
Students use multiple sources of information to research reuse and recycling options for a variety of household goods.
Students learn how trees are harvested to make paper and make recycled paper with reused newspaper.