Building Dirt: Composting for an Organic School Garden
My students need books and supplies such as a thermometer and a compost tumbler to learn about composting for our school organic garden.
"Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them."
My students are enthusiastic 2nd graders who love to share their observations and ideas about the world around them.
They are motivated to learn about how food grows in the garden and how to grow strong plants. Our class will work collaboratively with our school community to turn wasted lunch food into organic compost to be used in our school garden.
Students will be able to take food waste from their lunches, along with recyclable organic material from our class, and turn experience the recycling ability of mother nature with the use of the rotating composters. This type of composter is needed in our cold state of Alaska. The students will be able to read about composting trough use of the books, and the garden supplies will be used in the school greenhouse for our flourishing plants.
This project will enable my students to understand how food waste is transformed into soil to provide nutrients for plants grown in our school garden.
They will experience their connection and influence on nature by watching their plants grow, and they will learn the science of soil engineering.
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