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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

March 31, 2020 - 12:44pm --

On this week's "Tales with Tony" we read Garden Wigglers and learn about vermicomposting.

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An outline of the lesson is available below:

Nothing Gets Out Alive- A VermiCompost Lesson Guide
By: Tony Staubach, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Science Standards:
K.LS.1: Living things have specific characteristics and traits.
K.LS.2: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
1.LS.1 Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
1.LS.2: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs
2.LS.1: Living things cause changes on Earth.
2.LS.2: All organisms alive today result from their ancestors, some of which may be extinct. Not all kinds of organisms that lived in the past are represented by living organisms today.
3.LS.3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
4.LS.1: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
5.LS.1 Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
6.LS.4 Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
7.LS.2 In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors. Elements can be organized by properties.
8.LS.2 Every organism alive today comes from a long line of ancestors who reproduced successfully every generation.

Book: Garden Wigglers
Book: Kyle in His Compost Pile
Book: Compost Stew
Book: Composting: Nature’s Recyclers
Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Book: Compost!: Growing Gardens from Your Garbage
Three plastic bins (holes cut in the bottom of two of them.
Worm Template

Lesson 1: Wasting Our Food
Read: Garden Wigglers- review fun facts.
Watch: Food Waste Music Video- By Tony Staubach
Create: Worms using template to understand body segments
Review: How do worms move?

Lesson 2: Build Your Compost
Watch: Worms move on paper
Read: Kyle in His Compost Pile
Create: VermiCompost System
Review: What do worms eat?

Lesson 3: Food Waste
Watch: Food at various levels of decay.
Read: Compost Stew
Create: Compost diagram highlighting carbon, oxygen and nitrogen.
Review: How do biological products break down

Lesson 4: Volunteering to Compost at Home (or in the Classroom)
Watch: Home Compost Made Easy- Video by Tony Staubach
Read: Composting: Nature’s Recyclers
Create: Take Home Composter in a Box.
Review: What goes in compost

Lesson 5: Compost Helpers
Watch: Slide Show- Microbes, Insects and Bugs
Read: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Create: A compost food web.
Review: How compost breaks down.

Lesson 6: Compost in the Garden
Watch: Demonstration how to work compost into your school garden.
Read: Compost!: Growing Gardens from Your Garbage
Create: School Garden Plot or Indoor Garden Plot
Review: What nutrients are in the soil that help plants grow.