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Sort the Compost Bin

Lesson Description:
SortCompostIcon Students will be able to...
  • Explain what compost is and the value of using compost to grow crops.
  • Differentiate between “green compost” materials and “brown compost” materials and explain what each brings to the composting process.
  • Sort and classify objects as materials that can be composted and cannot be composted.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
30 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Science Standard 12: Understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
  • Benchmark # 2: Record information collected about the physical world (e.g., drawings, pictures simple data charts).
  • Benchmark # 7: Understand simple cause-and-effect relationships based on previous experience.

Geography Standard 14: Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
  • Benchmark # 1: know ways in which people depend on the physical environment (e.g., to grow food).

Geography Standard 16: Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
  • Benchmark # 1: Know the role that resources play in our daily lives (e.g., soils used for growing food).

Materials Needed:
  • Composting chart sorting worksheet (included below)

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Sorting Compost.pdf
Located in: Science | Social Studies

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