This week we had 4th grade students split in half to work on two projects during our hour long segment.
We started a small compost experiment outside on the grass while working on "Dirt for Lunch" inside the classroom.
For our compost experiment, students worked on creating a bag of compost from degradable and non-degradable materials. We filled plastic bags with material as well as soil and proceeded to fill out a scientific method worksheet with our process and predictions. We will check on these bags every week to see what happens.
The students inside worked on our "Dirt for Lunch" project. This traces the students' daily lives to 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.