Studying Nature's Greatest Decomposers
During their monthlong study of earthworms, kindergarten students in Christine Wilkinson's class at Lee Road School not only learned how to care for nature's greatest decomposers, they created an earthworm habitat by preparing a compost bin.
The students each shredded two pages of newspaper into strips and then placed the paper in a plastic bag. Students then added and mixed eight cups of water and two cups of soil. The mixture was placed in a compost bin where one cup of vegetables was added as food. They learned that as the worms eat, they turn the compost bin substance to mostly soil.