Dirt Don't Hurt!

45 min.

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Wonder of the Day #741

What Is Compost?

Objective

Students will have an understanding of what compost is, and it's benefits.

Big Idea

Compost is more than just dirt.

Pose these questions to students:

*What is in dirt?

*How does it help plants grow?

Read Wonder. Brainstorm a list of everyday items that you encounter that could be composted.

(If your school has a compost bin, visit it to see what the contents look like). If not...

Get a large bucket (perhaps from custodial staff); take a walk around the school to gather items that could be composted. This would be a great activity to do as you leave lunch to gather appropriate food compost items.