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Learn About Decomposition by Creating Compost


Students, working in groups, will create a small composter, monitor and record the decomposition process, and reflect on the final product of decomposition in their composter.


Students will:

  1. Understand what compost is and how it compares to nature.
  2. Create compost bottles in order to record, measure, observe and evaluate the decomposition process of plants, vegetables and fruit.


Initial set up for the compost bottle lab takes one class, and the monitoring of the compost bottles should be done during each class over three to four weeks allowing 15 to 20 minutes for measurements and observations each class period. The final compost analysis/evaluation will take one class.

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