Decomposers And Recycling! What's Old Becomes New!
My students need living organisms such as pillbugs and termites and a rotting log kit to study waste, decomposition, and recycling.
This project expired on October 28, 2013.
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My students want to discover how decomposers recycle nutrients. They can do this by recycling plastic soda bottles and creating miniature composting bins for classroom observation.
My students live in an urban neighborhood in Virginia.
They are curious, creative, and caring. Our school is an International Baccalaureate School and we strive to teach students to solve global problems in creative ways. Our students love to engage in hands-on projects that allow them to demonstrate their skills!
By providing my students with rotting log kits, pillbugs, and termites, you will enable them to recycle plastic soda bottles and create miniature environments that will show them how decay recycles nutrients in the environment. Initially, the rotting logs will be set up in the soda bottles, and students will add their own dead leaves, fruits and vegetables over time. After a month of decomposition, pillbugs will be added and then later the termites. This project will be ongoing all year; at various points in time, the students will add organisms to the environments to see what happens. It will be exciting and engaging for the students to directly observe the decay cycle while they are reducing plastic waste by upcycling!
The broad impact of this project will be to concretely show students how materials can be reused in creative ways by living organisms.
As the students watch the nutrient recycling, we will discuss how human waste recycling impacts humans and the environment.
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