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Students explore and experiment with composting, and learn how garbage can be used to renew soil.

This worksheet includes several FutureFit Extension Activities that highlight 21st Century skills like critical thinking, service mentality, and creativity. These FutureFit Extension Activities are designed to reinforce the concepts included in the worksheet activity while integrating real-world skills. They can be used as in-class independent practice or group activities, or assigned for take-home or independent work.

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FutureFit Extension Activities

Get Real, Create

10-15 Minutes
Materials Needed:

  • Card stock or index cards
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Self-adhering magnets (optional)
  • Laminating sheets (optional)

After completing the worksheet “Science, Technology and Society: Making New Soil,” allow the students to use computers or tablets to research which materials CAN and CANNOT be including in a compost pile. Have students make a small composting reference card that can be placed on the refrigerator to remind others which materials can and cannot be composted. Provide colored pencils/markers for students to decorate their cards. Cards can be laminated and a self-adhering magnet can be placed on the back for hanging on the refrigerator.

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