How does the composting process work in a cycle?
– Sheets of paper
– Popsicle sticks
Step 1: Quickly review what the students learned about the composting cycle in their previous lesson.
Step 2: Instruct your students to draw a picture of the complete composting lifecycle. The picture should consist of something along the lines of: food scraps–> worm bin –> compost –> nutrients for soil–> harvest healthy food–> food scraps. The pictures can be as complex and as simple as their age groups allows. Older kids should label and detail their graphs appropriately.
Step 3: Go over with your students what months (or seasons) we are going to be doing (or did) each steps of the cycle in the Leave it Better program. This is a great way for the kids to solidify their understanding of exactly how what they are doing now will continue with the program in the future.
Scaffolding: Get out some popsicle sticks and label them in marker with each day of the LIB program where we will be working in the compost cycle (Building a Worm Bin, Garden Planning, Planting, Harvesting- don’t forget the dates). With some double-sided tape attached to the back, place each popsicle stick straight onto your compost cycle!
Enrichment: Fill your cycle with details or facts about each day that you think would be helpful. Try to remember things you have already learned in the LIB program. Ideas: A list of what is good compost scraps; What makes a food healthy; What you learned about worms… If you haven’t learned anything about a certain day, fill it with questions!
Here’s a helpful video of how to compost with kids