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Targeted for 5th grade, kids will love diving into exploring the world of wiggling worms.  Vermicomposting is a North Carolina 4-H curriculum developed by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Extension Specialist for Solid Waste Management in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC State and provides ample opportunities for children to learn first hand about communities and ecological systems they are a part of. The curriculum includes an accompanying CD, which offers a visual reference not found in traditional classroom lectures. In addition, there is a training PowerPoint presentation with teacher training generally provided by your local county 4-H agent.

The curriculum includes:
Lesson 1: Introduction to Vermicomposting What is Vermicomposting?
Lesson 2: Developing a Functional Worm Bin Setting up a Worm Bin
Lesson 3: Identifying the Anatomy of an Earthworm Earthworm Anatomy
Lesson 4: Identifying Different Decomposers in a Worm Bin Other Critters in a Worm’s Neighborhood
Lesson 5: Identifying Ways to Reduce the Amount of Waste in our Lives Recycle, Reuse, Re-Imagine!
Lesson 6: Harvesting Worms and Vermicompost from Worm Bins to Harvest Castings
Vermicomposting Glossary

For a wealth of vermicomposting resources, visit Rhonda Sherman’s Vermicomposting website.

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Curriculum Pages

Download the first lesson of the 5th grade Vermicomposting curriculum.View PDF

A companion lesson for high school students developed in part by NC 4-H Forestry and Wildlife Specialist, Renee StrnadView PDF