Being our last STEM class before the break, I had students begin to think about the results of our experiment. What has happened so far? Does our compost answer our problem question? Was our hypothesis correct?
We took one more look at our bags of compost and began to list results as of this week. After students came up with some good results, we went up to the field for a few games of Decomposition Tag.
We had the whole class play this fun twist on Freeze Tag. A few students were the character of 'Death' who wore brown string to ID them. We had about 1/5th of the class act as decomposers who wore yellow string. All other students were plants or animals of their choosing. Death could freeze any of the plants or animals. If frozen, a decomposer could run around the frozen plant three times to unfreeze/decompose them. This game has no natural end, but we would stop every so often to have students change roles. This fun P.E. inspired class enforces the idea that life, death and decomposition is a circle. We must have all of the elements for life to continue.