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Green Ninja


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Chemistry, Biology

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Fast Compost

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  • This short animated video examines how "fast compost" is created and how it's different from traditional compost.
  • Students will learn that fast compost has a specific carbon to nitrogen ratio, is mixed frequently, and has a certain amount of moisture to speed up the process.
Teaching Tips


  • Some students may appreciate this video's sense of humor.
  • This video is concise and easy to understand.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know what composting is.
  • Students should know what carbon is and why it's important for life on Earth.


  • This video could supplement a lesson where students develop a model that describes the carbon cycle.
  • This video could supplement a lesson where students design a method for reducing greenhouse gases in the environment.
  • This video could be part of a lesson where students examine a step-by-step process of creating fast compost.
  • For a language arts course, this video could be combined with other forms of media that discuss fast composting and its benefits.
Scientist Notes
This video centers around a group of friends, along with the Green Ninja, discussing the difference between fast compost and regular compost. This video would make a great addition to a classroom discussing reducing waste and what effects waste reduction could have on the planet.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-1 Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth's materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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