With one composting lesson under my belt this week at Ramona, I searched out a slightly different approach for Foster Elementary. I teach younger students here and was afraid the concept would go over their heads.
After reading Diary of a Worm, I divided the class into three groups. To each I gave a jar, representing each stage of decomposition — beginning, middle and end. The students really enjoyed being able to observe what was in each jar. Some even found critters crawling around!
With the oldest grades we went on a compost scavenger hunt to find greens and browns and the infamous FBIs — Fungus, Bacteria & Invertebrates. We found snails, worms and beetles.
With the youngest grades (1st & K) we watched a Peppa Pig episode where Peppa and George learn about composting. They collected vegetable scraps for Grandpa’s “compost heap”! Then afterward, the students checked out their own compost bin!
~ Ranger Hope