How Does Composting Work?
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: Find out how composting works in this video with Maggie McCoy from the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DEnvironment-98**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with an activity where students, as a class or in small groups, design, construct, and utilize a vermicomposting bin.
  • After viewing the video, have students summarize their understanding of how vermicomposting works and the benefits of using vermicomposting.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.