The Compost curriculum guide is a set of lessons and activities to engage students in learning about compost. This guide was developed in 2014 and contains some great lesson ideas that are still relevant today.

Learning objective

Each lesson includes a lesson description, lesson aim and curriculum links.

The Compost curriculum guide is one in a series of curriculum-linked activity guides written for the Waste Wise Schools Program.

Each booklet covers a different topic including the 3Rs, worms and compost. The activities are designed to complement the school’s ongoing waste minimisation projects, and to support learning at every stage of a school’s Waste Wise journey. In turn, Waste Wise projects provide real life context to curriculum outcomes while directly involving students in their own learning.

By reinforcing Waste Wise principles through the curriculum in an engaging and practical way, teachers will find it easier to incorporate waste reduction practices in their school. In addition, the involvement of students and the modelling of positive behaviours, reinforces the environmental principles and curriculum outcomes.

The activities are designed to be fun; to promote life-long learning; to empower and enable students, teachers and the rest of the school community to take responsibility for their waste minimisation actions; to develop positive environmental values and to promote long-term behaviour change. 

  1. Decomposition in nature
  2. What can I compost?
  3. Make your own bottled compost
  4. Set up a compost system
  5. Collect and sort compost creatures
  6. Build a compost creature
  7. Compost creatures food web game
  8. Recipe for compost
  9. Compost relay
  10. Weigh your waste