Our third lesson this fall was about decomposers. Decomposers help break down dead materials into nutrient-rich soil. Students acted as Garden FBI agents by finding fungus, bacteria and invertebrate in and around the garden.
Fungus was found on logs, wood chips and leaves. Since bacteria is microscopic, we looked for signs of bacteria and had game pieces with printed strains of bacteria on them that they could seek. For invertebrates, children were able to dig for worms and slugs. This was a favorite activity.
In nature, decomposers typically work well and balance naturally. In a compost tumbler, we have to ensure that we are providing materials that help good bacteria thrive. To teach the art of providing a compost tumbler with the right mix of materials, classes found “green” materials such as food scraps and plants we were clearing from the garden and mixed them with “brown” materials like leaves and shredded paper. Before putting in the compost tumbler, we made sure they had an equal amount of both.
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