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Worm Composting Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students the benefits of composting and create your own classroom worm composting bin with help from this lesson plan. Students will be involved from start to finish with collecting materials as well as building and maintaining the bin.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the benefits of composting
  • describe the steps necessary to create a worm compost bin
  • outline how to maintain a compost bin

Length

45 minutes for core lesson plus time for maintenance

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

Materials

  • Red wiggler worms
  • Shoebox-sized plastic tubs, one for each lab group of 5-6 students
  • Newspaper
  • Water
  • Cups
  • Leaves
  • Raw fruits and vegetable scraps, avoiding citrus
  • Tarps

Key Vocabulary

  • Vermicompost
  • Compost
  • Nutrients
  • Decompose

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