Earth Day Lesson: Cafeteria Compost
Students create a compost pile in the schoolyard, using lunchroom food scraps and yard clippings.
learn about composting.
create a compost pile, using non-meat food scraps from the lunchroom and ground clippings, such as leaves and cut grass.
work together in cooperative groups.
Earth Day, compost, pile, cafeteria, lunchroom, clippings, food scraps, environment
teacher-selected library sources about composting or the Web sites listed in the lesson section
pens or pencils
computer(s) with Internet access (optional)
Discuss the terms compost and composting, using a dictionary, teacher-selected sources, or information from Dictionary.com.
Discuss reasons composting is helpful to the environment, using information from Why Composting?
Tell students that they are going to make a compost pile, using non-meat food scraps from the cafeteria or lunchroom and yard trimmings from the school grounds. Have students write letters to the principal, cafeteria staff, and maintenance staff to get the necessary permissions for the project.
Work with students to create the compost pile, using steps and suggestions from teacher-selected library sources or one or more of the following suggested sites. If Internet access is not available to everyone, make printouts of the information from the sites.
Composting in Schools
Evaluate students' participation in the project.
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