Anoushka Takla’s fourth graders seek to answer the question: “What happens to our trash over time?”
In this two-part inquiry-based activity, students will practice using the scientific method while learning about decomposition, exploring how some types of garbage will decompose while others will not. Students can then go on to design their own experiment to test different variables affecting the rate of decomposition.
In this lesson, students learn about decomposition and landfills, and learn how to sort their trash into the appropriate bin.
Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow.