Recycling Our Trash: Researching For The Best Compost Method
My students need a compound microscope, worms, pH meters, and several materials to help them learn the science of composting, the waste cycle and the best recycling method.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - My students will be the first in our school to research and take on the issue of recycling. Students will learn how to compost organic matter, research the best methods for composting and develop a recycling program at our school. Each student will teach a student to recycle
My students are from Brooklyn, New York .
They are very inquisitive teenagers preparing for college and career possibilities. Our school serves a large populations of students from low income families who struggle a great deal to afford basic needs for their children. Our school serves grades 6 - 12 and is an inquiry based school. Students are encouraged to observe, question, research and provide evidence for their thinking and writing. This year our expedition will focus on our mayor's recycling program that will eventually force every New Yorker to compost. Students will learn what composting is, research the best methods of composting, design a compost campaign to encourage staff and students to compost at home and at school. Currently our school does not recycle. Students will learn what composting is and will design their own unique compost experiments. We need a lot of supplies and resources such as a compound microscope, worms, pH meters. Students will also conduct several field trips at the Brooklyn Botanic garden.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash after you place it on the side walk? Well, imagine if you could track where your trash goes, research the waste cycle, visit a recycling center, work with experts at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to learn how to build a compost bin and learn how to make our planet a better place to breath. This is what we will be doing this year, if we can find wonderful, open minded individuals to support our vision to teach students about composting and recycling. This class goes beyond a class, a grade or meeting high school graduation credits this class will help students to learn a skill that they can take with them forever. Students will be able to see how they connect to their community and the world around them by reducing the volume of trash that pollute our air, land and oceans. Students will be able to teach others how to build an indoor worm compost bin, an outdoor compost bin and learn about gardening at the same time. Less trash and and more flowers!
This project will show students that one person can make a positive change in the world by composting.
Student will gain confidence, and improve their self esteem as they research best practices to compost organic matter, make recommendations and present their findings to staff and classmates. Students will learn how to use an insect aspirator to collect creatures in our compost food web, and they will learn to how use a digital microscope for the first time, as well as build a compost bin.
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