Composting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is composting and what are its benefits? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to explain this for students while an activity gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.


60 to 90 minutes

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'compost'
  • outline the process of composting

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • 8.5 x 11 white paper
  • Fine tipped markers


  • Begin by writing the word 'compost' on the board.
  • Ask students to take turns defining 'compost' as you write their key ideas on the board.
  • Play the video lesson What Is Composting? - Definition and Examples and pause it at 2:01.
    • How did we do in our definitions of 'compost'?
    • What could be some potential benefits of composting?
    • What are some uses for compost?
  • Play the rest of the video lesson with the class now.
    • What can be done to increase the rate of composting by business and individuals?
  • Pass out the worksheet and ask students to work independently to complete it.

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