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Wormderful Worms

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

80 minutes
Two 40-minute sessions
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
1, 2
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In this lesson, students learn that the food scraps they toss away in the lunchroom could be put to better use. In the first session, they listen to a short story in which food scraps explain their disappointment at not being put to better use. Then they explore two systems of food-waste management—a linear one that sends those wastes to the landfill and a circular one that cycles food waste back to the farm via composting. Students act out both systems and then use what they’ve learned to write a happier ending to the short story. In the second session, students play host to worms by creating worm hotels. These happy hotels help the students learn how to create a simple composting system and turn their food wastes into nourishing humus for the school garden.

Key objectives for students
Describe what happens to most discarded food.
Explain how some organic food wastes can be returned to nature by composting.
Describe decomposers and explain why they are important.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Environmental Education, Mathematics, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
landfill, food scraps, organic waste, inorganic waste, Decompose/decomposition, soil, Compost, nutrients, Fertilizer
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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