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Cafeteria Compost

Lesson Description:
Students will ... 
  • Learn about composting.
  • Create a compost pile, using non-meat food scraps from the lunchroom and ground clippings, such as leaves and cut grass.
  • Work together in cooperative groups.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Standards Addressed:
  • ns.k-4.3
  • ns.k-4.6
  • ns.5-8.3
  • ns.9-12.3
  • ns.9-12.6

Materials Needed:
  • Teacher-selected library sources about composting or the web sites listed in the lesson section
  • Paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Computer(s) with internet access (optional)

School or Group:
Education World
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