Student Projects

Why Does Ms. Costa Have Worms?

Author: Nicole Costa

Grade: 6th

Subjects: Biology, Science

Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project
Poster for Vermicomposting project

What is composting and vermicomposting and why are they important?

Students will learn why their teacher has a vermicomposting box of worms through inquiry based learning.  Students will also master the ecologic principle of recycling in nature (the nutrient cycle) and how humans can be a part of it. Students will learn where their trash goes here in San Diego, make connections between available landfill space and using worms to recycle. As a class we will design and create worm bins for the school to use for composting food scraps at lunch.

Students will learn why their teacher has a vermicomposting box of worms through inquiry based learning. Students will also master the ecologic principle of recycling in nature (the nutrient cycle) and how humans can be a part of it. Students will learn where their trash goes here in San Diego, make connections between available landfill space and using worms to recycle. As a class we will design and create worm bins for the school to use for composting food scraps at lunch.

  • Vermicomposting Webquest
  • Research Guide: Prompts students to use internet resources and their webquest to answer their research questions. Each group is assigned a different set of research questions.
  • Vocabulary Cards: Define vocabulary words associated with research, include example sentences and picture if possible.
  • Poster: Should educate the audience about the group’s research question using images.
  • Oral Presentation: Students must create a game show, skit, song, rap or other creative medium to educate the class about their research topic and present their poster and vocabulary cards.
  • Note Taking Guide: Students will complete a note taking guide during oral presentations in order to answer the differnt research questions from each group.
  • Summative Assessment: Students will take an exam that requires them to effectively apply their content knowledge from the project.
  • Public Service Announceent (PSA): Students will use Photoshop to create a PSA.  The PSA’s purpose is to educate the school about vermicomposting and advertise the new shool worm bins that our class will build.
  • Worm Bins:  Students will create worm bins to take home (optional).  Students will contribute to the construction of three worm bins and rolling worm bin carts to be used by the school.

Students will:

  • Understand composting
  • Understand vermicomposting
  • Understand The Nutrient Cycle
  • Understand where trash, recycleables and hazardous materials go when thrown away in San Diego
  • Be able to use Photoshop
  • Be able to educate and audience through visuals and presentations
  • Be able to build a vermicomposing bin using a design plan
  • Learn how to operate various tools such as hand saws, drills, hammers, screwdrivers and measuring tape
  • Participate in peer critiques and use feedback to improve and edit drafts
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • The Nutrient Cycle
  • Worm biology
  • Internet access
  • Card stock, poster board and art supplies
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Supplies to build worm bins and worm bin carts: tupperware bins, drill, hammer, nails, screws, hand saw, wood, wood glue, wheels, worms, newspaper and food scraps
Applied Learning and Active Exploration:
  • Students will be educating the school as well as implementing a vermicomposting recycling system here at HTM.
  • As a class we will visit San Diego’s Miramar Landfill
 Outside World Connection:
·   We will work to get a vermincomposting system here at HTM!
  • Students will take a formative assessment to survey class knowledge, previous experience and interest.
  • Presentations will be assessed on an individual basis with a rubric.
  • The lesson will end with a written summative assessment that includes higher-level thinking questions about composting, vermicomposting and the nutrient cycle.

PSA’s

AlexM. copy

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Crockett copy

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Ana copy