S: All About Composting
FC: All About Composting By Room 212 2010/2011
1: All About Composting Room 212 2010/2011 | Josh Tristen M. Skyla Jeremy R. Mark | Arianne Jeremy L. Riley Alexis Tyler | Mikaila Sean Marvin Ainsley Keyon | Irene Mathew Ryan Jonathan Tristan B.
2: This year, we read all about plants and learned that plants grow better when the soil has humus. Humus has vitamins and nutrients that help the plants grow to be healthy and strong.
3: We learned that composting makes humus. We decided that we wanted to learn more about composting. We read books and did experiments to learn more!
4: As we learned more about composting we began to realize how great composting is!
5: Composting is like a recycling bin but instead of recycling paper and plastic, we can recycle fruit, vegetables, leaves, dead plants, and bugs. | Instead of throwing our food scraps in the garbage, we can put them in the composter.
6: We did an experiment to see what kinds of things would break down (decompose). This helped us discover what we could compost.
7: Some of the things we can compost are: Apple cores Banana peels Orange peels Bugs Egg shells Lettuce Hair trimmings Tree bark Celery Grass clippings Dead plants Paper shreds Leaves Oatmeal Broccoli Dead flowers
8: Each of us planted two bean plants – one with humus and one without humus. We observed our plants every 5 days and watched them grow.
9: The plants grown with humus grew so much taller. The plants grown without humus were shorter.
10: These are Red Wrigglers. They help us compost. We put food scraps in their bin. The worms eat the food. The worm's poop can then be used as humus because it is full of vitamins and minerals.
11: We love having Red Wrigglers in our class - It is fun to take care of them!
12: We made “Compost in a Bag”. It is really easy to make and it is easy to take care of. | We just had to add 1 cup of soil, 1 cup of browns (dead leaves and sticks), 1 cup of greens (vegetable scraps, fruit peels, etc.) some alfalfa, and some water.
13: We have to squeeze the bag everyday to mix up the compost. We have to open the bag to let the compost get some air. In about 6 weeks we will have humus that is ready for growing plants!
14: With all this composting we made a lot of humus! | We used the humus to grow all different kinds of plants.
15: The nutrients in the humus will help our plants grow big and strong!
16: Since we were becoming experts about composting, we wanted the share what we learned with other students in our school. | First, we wanted to see what other students already knew, so we made a survey and sent it to the other classrooms.
17: When we got our data back we made bar graphs. It turns out the other students at Champlain did not know that much about composting!
18: Since the other students didn't know much about composting, we decided we should make posters to put up around our school.
19: Hopefully after reading our posters, other students will decide to start composting too!