My students need a composting kit and a document camera to observe the changes in the compost container.
This project expired on April 20, 2011.
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I still remember gardening with my mother, and feeling the soil sift through my fingers. Children today don't typically grow up experiencing anything in the garden. I hope to teach them how to reuse materials that they throw away everyday to create compost to grow things.
My third grade classroom is a tapestry of learners from varying socio-economic backgrounds and ability levels.
The classroom is comprised of students from military families, ESL students, students with learning disabilities, and intellectually gifted students. They attend a school in a high-poverty level, rural community. All these factors combine to make our classroom community very unique.
The students will learn about recycling everyday items from their home that they would normally throw away. They will collect compostable items from home and bring them to school to add to the compost bin. The compost bin will be set up with the document camera and our video projector so the entire class can watch the changes that are happening and record their observations in science journals. As the project continues, the students will learn more about how they can help the environment by recycling, reducing, and reusing! Then, when the compost is complete, we will use the soil to plant a garden. We will compare this garden growth to a garden grown with store bought soil.
With the shrinking green spaces and growing trash dumps in our country, it's important to help students understand how they can give back to protect our environment.
Thank you so much for giving them the opportunity to create a greener, more beautiful planet!
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