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Ms. Poitevin from Idaho Falls ID is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Wait! Will This Decompose?

My students need a worm factory composting system and related supplies to learn about decomposition.

  • $301 goal

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My Students

At the beginning of the school year, my students are big 6th graders. They're entering 7th grade with all of the excitement of lockers, electives, and changing classrooms, and oh boy are they nervous! They are also excited. They're excited to meet new teachers, to ride a new bus, and to look at the world in new ways.

My students are ready to look at their world differently- critically, thoughtfully, and joyfully.

With the right supports, they can rise to any challenge. Coming from economically diverse households in a small city in Idaho, my students are ready to move beyond what they've known before. They're easily excitable, usually quite innocent, and ready for the challenge of the day.

My Project

In this project, students will learn about organic and inorganic materials as they relate to decomposition, archaeology, and the process of learning about early humans. In this project, students will place organic and inorganic materials in the worm composting bin to see how long it takes for things to decompose. Naturally, we will see that not everything will decompose.

By doing this project, students will learn about the archaeological process and why we only have inorganic materials left to study about early human civilizations.

Students will be asking this question: If this item was buried in the ground, would it still exist in 1000 years? The composting bin will be in use throughout the year, and could be used in other classroom projects as well (i.e. science and math).

As a final deliverable in this project, students will examine their own homes for organic and inorganic materials. The students will consider what conclusions archaeologists in the future might come to about themselves.

Ms. Poitevin
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Worm Factory 360 Worm Composting Bin + Bonus "What Can Red Wigglers Eat?" Infographic Refrigerator Magnet (Green) - Vermicomposting Container System - Live Worm Farm Starter Kit for Kids & Adults • Amazon Business $129.95 1 $129.95
Magic Worm Bedding, 25 lb • Carolina Biological Supply Company $35.95 1 $35.95
REDWORMS PKG 30 • Ward's Science $11.43 2 $22.86
5 lbs Castaway Organics Worm Feed (Worm Chow Food for All Composting and Bait Worms) • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49

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