Unit Overview 

Through a food-waste survey in the lunchroom, the learners explore what gets thrown in the lunch trash at school and learn about earth-friendly alternatives that reduce waste in landfills, including recycling and composting. Learners discover the benefits of compost and reasons to promote it in the community. They share their knowledge with others through implementing a student-generated and planned service project. 

Service Experience 
Learners conduct a survey to determine  needs  in their school for environmental stewardship related to food waste. They will report their finding to the school population. Learners plan and carry out a service project involving composting, with the goal of reducing food waste in their school, home, or community.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Cool Kids Compost
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

The lesson introduces the concept of recycling food waste by composting. Students investigate food waste in their school and the nation, and gain awareness of recycling food waste as a better way to care for the earth. The class communicates in writing their plans for and results of a food-waste survey to the school population. 

Unit: 
Cool Kids Compost
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students become experts on composting through research and questioning. They compare and contrast dirt and compost samples and complete a comparison diagram. The learners brainstorm ideas for acting as environmental stewards by sharing their knowledge about composting in order to reduce the amount of landfill in the world.

Unit: 
Cool Kids Compost
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students use what they learned about composting to plan and develop a service plan that meets a need related to food waste and environmental stewardship. They reflect on the impact of their service and share that with peers and/or families.