Soil and Worm Composting Teacher Notes  

Created by:
Julie Newton 
Huntington Beach City School District 

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UCI Summer Science Institute WebQuests - 2001

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Suggested Grade Level: 2 

Science Content Standards

  • California Science-Grade 2-Earth Sciences -3c
  • California Science-Grade 2-Investigation and Experimentation -4a, 4c, 4d, 4f, 4g
  • Several areas of California Reading - Language Arts Grade 2 standards covered as well.

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  • This Webquest was designed to be used with the STC Soils module, another classroom composting project and as a stand alone lesson. If you are teaching composting, your students may already have access to a composting bag or bin for hands-on study. If not it would be helpful to have some worms on-hand for exploration and observation (they are readily available at bait stores and through many retail resources on the web).
  • Students need basic computer and internet skills to use this Webquest. A great resource for how to teach children the basics of the internet is at
  • Effective use of internet 
  • Computer literacy 
  • Making inferences 
  • Content-area reading for information
  • Reading comprehension
  • Creative writing
  • Following multiple-step directions


Students can be assessed in many areas.

  • Science notebook (writing, drawings, science notes)
  • My Day as a Worm story
  • Vocabulary based wordsearch
  • Content-area reading and comprehension
  • Multiple interactive quizzes
  • Hands-on science exploration and experimentation (if you have worms for students to use)
  • Technology skills



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August 10, 2001