Environment 31: Celebrate the Earth with Worms: Decomposer Detectives
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Grades: 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, 9th – 12th Grade

Learn from Maggie McCoy, Education and Volunteer Coordinator at the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden as she leads students through an investigation of a working vermicompost (worm) bin, talks about how vermicompost bins can be a part of sustainability in the home, and answers student question about the topic.

In addition to the detailed lesson plans and activity ideas included with the Teacher and Student Tools below, here’s a  quick suggestion for use of this video:

  • Learners should be able to explain what value worms can be in sustainability after viewing this program.
Student Tools
Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet
Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tools
Teacher Tool 306: Arts Integration Activity–Expressing Understanding Through Drama
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Arts Integration activity giving students the opportunity to share their understanding of the subject matter of the video through drama. This teacher tool could be used with any Educate.Today video(s) you our your students choose.
Teacher Tool 307: Arts Integration Activity–Expressing Understanding Through a Graphic Novel
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an arts integration activity giving students the opportunity to share their understanding of the subject matter of the video through the creation of a graphic novel. This activity could be used with any Educate.Today video(s) of your or your students' choice.
Teacher Tool 317: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Insights Through a Journal Entry
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to write a journal entry that shares learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity–Video Reflection
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 319: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Learning Verbally
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video through verbal sharing and conversation. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 320: Vocabulary Interesting to Me
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, invites students to increase their vocabulary by selecting, and learning the definitions of, words in the video that are unknown and/or interesting to them. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 321: Vocabulary Activity
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, asks students to listen for certain vocabulary words you have selected and define them in two ways: 1) contextually based on what they think the definition might be based on what they learn in the video; and 2) through a dictionary to either confirm or refine their contextual definition. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 770: Quick Ideas for Using Our Archived Programs
The archives of our live, interactive programs provide a unique resource for you and your students—all the benefits of having a guest speaker in your classroom or taking students on a field trip without the hassles of scheduling on your own PLUS some unique additional advantages as well. Some of those advantages are related to time. Others are related to flexibility of use. Couldn’t join us live? No problem. With this resource, material included in the live program can assist student learning in the best, differentiated way for your classroom. Download this document for some quick ideas on ways to use this unique resource.
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