ERIC Number: ED377024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Composting: Wastes to Resources. 4-H Leader's/Teacher's Guide.
Bonhotal, Jean F.; Krasny, Marianne E.
This guide is designed for adult volunteer leaders, camp counselors, and teachers who want to set up composting projects with youth. Five sections explore: (1) an introduction to composting with illustrated instructions for making compost; (2) different methods of composting and structures needed for various composting systems; (3) how to identify and fix problems in compost piles using a problem-solving exercise worksheet; (4) six ideas for what can be done with compost; and (5) a series of six compost investigations with student worksheets. Each teacher reproducible investigation covers one or more "compost concept." Concepts include the importance of air, microorganisms, soil animals and compost food chains, organisms that break down wastes, biodegradable and nonbiodegradable wastes, air and size of wastes, and wastes as resources. Investigations involve students in observing, collecting data, recording data, and analyzing results. Additional reproducible worksheets contain a compost project record sheet and designs for different composting systems. Two posters illustrate how composting works and composting instructions. Black-and-white illustrations make instructions easy to follow. Contains a 30-word glossary and a listing of 15 additional resources. (LZ)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Recycling, Solid Wastes, Student Projects, Waste Disposal, Worksheets
Cornell Waste Management Institute, Center for the Environment, Cornell University, 468 Hollister Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-3501.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cooperative Extension Service.