In this lesson, students learn about composting and its benefits to Mother Earth.
Step 1 - Inquire: Students brainstorm answers to the question “What do plants need to stay healthy?” and watch a video to learn about composting.
Step 2 - Investigate: Students choose from a group of assorted items to determine whether the items belong in the compost, recycle, or waste bins.
Step 3 - Inspire: Students listen to a read aloud of the book Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth and create compost in a two-liter bottle.
Sentence frames for student answers are included in the Teacher Document for additional support.
Students engage in motivating hands-on activities for kinesthetic learning.
Students use prior knowledge to make connections to essential vocabulary and other academic content through graphics, illustrations, literature, and informational videos.
Students can learn two composting songs for a physical and brain break during the lesson.
Students have various opportunities to engage in and practice motor skills and develop critical thinking and verbal reasoning.
Students work collaboratively with peers for discussion and group work.
Teacher must acquire a hard copy or digital copy of Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth from the school or local library.
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Teacher must gather materials for bottle composting before the lesson.
Teacher can assign group work roles for greater student involvement. For example, a supply manager can collect and distribute supplies for the group, a time tracker can make sure the group adheres to time limits, an encourager can give positive feedback to group members, and a speaker can share the finished design with the class.
Students can use the sentencers provided in the Teacher Document for any class or group discussions.
Teacher can provide gloves, masks, tongs, or spoons for students who may not want to touch, smell, or handle compost items.
Anchor charts with essential vocabulary are provided in the Teacher Document and can be used to enhance academic language and various developmental stages.
This lesson provides elementary background information for students to gain insights on protecting Mother Earth through sustainable waste management, waste separation, and recycling. They will learn how to dispose of all kinds of solid waste and practice how to prepare compost. Additionally, this lesson will allow them to understand the importance of composting and how it can improve plant and soil health. The lesson was reviewed and has passed our science review examination.