FoodPrints Curriculum

Compost Stew


Soil Health

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:



Fall / November


The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand the basics of composting and its importance in the garden.  After learning about the different ingredients needed to make compost, students make their own compost stew.  Students will also carefully observe worms in the garden or in a bin in the classroom and learn about their role in the decomposition process.

Big Idea

Composting is nature's way of recycling.

Guiding Questions

  • What happens to our food and other organic matter when we are done with them?
  • How can we successfully make compost?

Instructional video to support teaching this lesson