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Composting With Worms

Lesson Description:
A classroom composting experiment demonstrates why worms are called "nature's recyclers."
Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
Will carry out over a two week period
Standards Addressed:
Language Arts: English
Grades K - 12
  • NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying language skills

Grades K - 4
  • NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
  • NS.K-4.3 Life Science
  • NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science
  • ns.k-4.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

Grades 5 - 8
  • NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
  • NS.5-8.3 Life Science
  • NS.5-8.4 Earth and Space Science
  • NS.5-8.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

Grades 9 - 12
  • NS.9-12.1 Science as Inquiry
  • NS.9-12.3 Life Science
  • NS.9-12.4 Earth and Space Science
  • NS.9-12.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

Materials Needed:
  • Two see-through plastic containers of the same size, with lids (optimum container size might be a foot square and 6 inches deep); air holes should be punched in sides and lid of container
  • Earthworms (see purchasing earthworms section below.)
  • Garbage items: chopped carrots work well for this activity, since their bright color contrasts with the soil; other possible items include apple pieces or shavings, coffee grounds, and crushed eggshells.
  • Student journals (optional)

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