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An Earthworm's Life (Nature Upclose)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books)
Summary: Non-Fiction
Author, John Himmelman
ISBN 0516265350
In very simple language (appropriate for 4-8 year olds) the life of a worm is described.

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Best Practices for Food Recovery and Gleaning in the National School Lunch Program: SY 1998-1999
Grade Level: High School
Type: Case Study - Manual/Handbook - School Projects
Summary: This manual describes how the school districts used USDA grant funds to recover food from their cafeterias and donate it to the needy. Includes information on systems to recover, store, and donate the recovered food and how schools formed partnerships with lo...
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Bottle Biology An idea book for exploring the world through plastic bottles and other recyclable materials
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-fiction, lessons and classroom activities

Author Mrill Ingram

ISBN 084038601X

Observe decomposition in compost columns made from plastic bottles. Create model habitats and systems using two-liter soda pop bottles or plastic fil...

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Cathy's Crawly Composters
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - School Projects - Web site
Summary: Web site for a vermicomposting operation in Onatario, Canada.
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Christmas Tree and Holiday recycling
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Holiday - Web site
Summary: Before recycling trees in your neighborhoods, be sure to check local requirements on what will be accepted and their programs operate. This provides suggestions on Recycling holiday trees (if you have to) in California.
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Clean Sweep U.S.A.
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: The Keep America Beautiful project has a site for upper elementary and middle school students on six topics related to waste management, composting, recycling and recovery, landfills, and how waste materials can be burned to generate electricity. Additional te...
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Composting in Schools
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Classroom Lessons - Experiment - Glossary - Web site
Summary: This site is provided by the Cornell Waste Management Institute and Cornell University. Cornell Composting privides scientific inquiry for high school students as well as instructions for observing compost invertegrates and microorganisms, ideas for student...
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Composting: Nature's Recycling Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Case Study - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Web site
Summary: EDF provides directions on how to begin a waste prevention initiative at school as well as how to compost and what supplies are required. They offer a case study and a biblioresource.
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Compost-ology
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: The science of composting and vermicomposting is addressed at this Web site. Instructions include setting up a worm bin, feeding your worms, bin maintenance and troubleshooting, harvesting worms, using castings,anatomy-physiology-reproduction-development of wo...
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Florida's Online Composting Center's Glossary
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Fact sheet - Glossary
Summary: Simple definitions for composting with links to valuable introductions (Composting 101 types of information) for beginners.
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Food Scrap Compost, Food Scrap Management
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Case Study - Fact sheet
Summary: While some excess food can be donated much will end up in landfills that could be composted. This site provides guidance on establishing a kitchen compost for food scrap management in a school. See how they recommend working with your waste hauler and local...
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Glossary of Composting Terms
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Glossary
Summary: This glossary of terms combines non-technical and technical terminology.
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How to Eat Fried Worms
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: The story by Thomas Rockwell, How to Eat Fried Worms, is supported by a collection of electronic sites that provide activities, discussion questions, and quizzes related to the book. Included is a recipe for "worms" and biographical information on author Thoma...
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Master Composter
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Checklist - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: This site provides information on how to compost, how to use finished compost, the benefits of composting, what to compost, and many other topics related to home composting. You can compost with almost no effort or you can become an expert. The more you work a...
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MSW Composting Glossary
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Glossary
Summary: Slightly technical definitions for composting.
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Municipal Solid Waste Composting; Potential Effects of Heavy Metals in Municipal Solid Waste Composts on Plants and the Environment
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School - Post-Secondary
Type: Fact sheet
Summary: This is one of 7 fact sheets provided on MSW composting. While considerable attention has been paid to the land application of sewage sludges and composted sewage sludges in the U.S. during the last twenty years, land application of municipal solid waste (MSW)...
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Now You See it, Now You Don't
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons
Summary: This lesson is designed for grades 4-5 and can be used for both science and math with english extensions. Students will classify organic and inorganic objects, perform a mini-compost experiment, record observations, compare and contrast decomposition rates for...
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Recycling by Composting
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High
Type: Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Glossary
Summary: What's Up in the Environment projects are intended primarily for middle school students, but can be modified. They begin with an extensive description of the project’s objectives, standards, time and materials needed, computer requirements, and lists of on-lin...
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Recycling, A True Book
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Materials
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book.

AuthorDonald, Rhonda Lucas

ISBN0-516-27356-6

Recycle explains the process of recycling, the three Rs (even though we now consider more), composting, discussion of what can and cannot be dumped, and...

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Saving the Earth's Resources: Hands-on Projects About
Grade Level: Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - School Projects
Summary: Non-fiction, lesson and activity book

AuthorsWest, Krista

ISBN0-8239-5847-7

Projects focus on conservation of natural resources and several are designed for independent work, some are for a child and adult, and some could be student-bas...

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Setting up a School Recycling and Waste Reduction Program
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Case Study - Checklist - List - School Projects - Web site
Summary: An outline for establishing a school recycling program at school provides steps, educating the students, conducting waste audits, developing compost and more. Use their side bar and explore the various suggestions and examples.
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Squirmy Wormy Composters (The Primary Ecology Series)
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Manual/Handbook
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Bobbie Kalman

ISBN 0865055815

Squirmy Wormy is a "how to" book on vermicomposting. It offers clear illustrations and easy to understand language.

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Teaching Green The Middle Years
Grade Level: Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials
Summary: Lessons

EditorsGrant, Tim and Littlejohn, Gail.

ISBN0-86571-501-7

AbstractThis book of lessons is a compilation of the "best of Green Teacher" contributions from teachers who are working with middle school students and who are help...

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Tools for Zero Waste Schools (K-12)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Links for kids and for teachers on zero waste projects include waste reduction, composting, vermi-composting, special topics, pollution prevention and songs.
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Urban Options
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Materials - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Founded in 1978, Urban Options is a non-profit community agency which provides energy and environmental information and services. Urban Options seeks to improve the environmental quality of our Urban Spaces. We fulfill this mission through educational programs...
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Vermicomposting
Grade Level: Elementary - High School
Type: Article/Report - BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet
Summary: Instruction on vermicomposting in the classroom, at home, and as an academic exercise are provided. Resources include fact sheets on the role of worms, worm and worm bin supply sources, classroom worm composting and an animated interactive game (The Adventure...
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Vermicomposting (Making Good use of Garbage!)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: Classroom Games and Activities - Classroom Lessons - Fact sheet - Language Options - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours - Web site
Summary: Vermicomposting fun facts, information, activities, music (including The Littlest Worm), and reasons to consider vermicomposting.
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Vermicomposting: Composting with Worms
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Article/Report
Summary: Instructions for composting with worms
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Wiggling Worms at Work
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons
Summary: Non-Fiction

Author, Wendy Pfeffer

ISBN 0064451882

In very simple language (appropriate for 4-8 year olds) the lives and contributions of worms are described. This book is a 40 page "Let's Read and Find Out Book"

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Worm away your garbage
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials - Recycled Products
Summary: This vermicomposting resource from Canada provides information, workshops, and products.
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Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Powerpoints, videos and virtual tours
Summary: Worm Bin Creatures Alive Through a Microscope provides a captivating look at rarely seen (close-up) organisms of the compost and worm bins. The video is 31 minutes and cost is $25 (July 2004).
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Worm Guide: A Vermicomposting Guide for Teachers (The)
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: This guide provides teachers with information on how to start and maintain a successful classroom worm bin. Includes the basics of vermicomposting, worm bin building plans, troubleshooting and fundraising tips, classroom activities, and useful case studies of...
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Worm Woman
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Fact sheet - Web site
Summary: Mary Appelhof's site for worm composting resources, provides video clips, feature articles and activities,and WormEzine magainze (free monthly magazine on vermicomposting
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Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage
Grade Level: Elementary - Middle School/Junior High
Type: Article/Report - Classroom Materials
Summary: Information, supplies, educational material for red wigglers, and other worms can be obtained. Includes instructions on building a worm bin.
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Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up & Maintain a Worm Composting System
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction (Lesson, Text)

Author Mary Appelhof

ISBN 0942256107

This has been long considered the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff). Authors Mary Appelhof. Topics include how to set up bins, what kinds of wo...

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Worms Eat Our Garbage: Classroom Activities for a Better Environment
Grade Level: Pre-K thru Kindergarten - Elementary - Middle School/Junior High - High School
Type: BiblioResources (Books) - Classroom Lessons - Manual/Handbook
Summary: NonFiction

Authors Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton and Barbara Loss Harris

ISBN 0-942256-05-0This classroom activity book complements "Worms Eat My Garbage" (the definitive guide to vermicomposting by Mary Appelhoff).

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