This week the 3rd grade had a two-part lesson digging deeper into the elements of composting. We had a thinking project and an active project outside under the tents on the lawn.
With the class split into halves, we spent one part of class time working on making compostable pots for transplanting seedlings with the other part of class working inside on "Dirt for Lunch".
To make compostable pots we took sheets from a large roll of brown paper. Each student grabbed a recyclable can and wrapped the paper around the can. Then, he or she would fold the paper over the bottom of the can and seal up the pot with a glue stick. We then filled the paper pots with soil and a seedling from our tray of starts. You can plant these paper pots right into the soil making a waste free container for our little kale plants!
The students inside worked on our "Dirt for Lunch" project. This continued to incorporate the students daily lives into the ideas of composting and the source of our food. We had students list everything they ate for lunch then trace it back to the soil. This was a fun project because we had students color large portraits of our food cycle. It is tricky tracing certain things back to soil, like fish, but students worked as a group and came up with some great ideas.