Aug 082014


Decomposition is a complex process happening all around us.  The goal is to identify where decomposition is happening (in the fridge in the forest), examine important factors – biological, chemical and physical, and used an inquiry-based approach for students to set up their own experiments

At the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts involved in decomposition – physical, chemical and biological.
  • Connect these concepts with their everyday experiences and knowledge and relate them to models of food webs and carbon cycling.
  • Use concepts to construct a decomposition experiment that unites the above concepts.


Lesson plan created by fellow Brendan O’Neill and partner-teachers Jodie Lugar-McManus and Jennifer Boyle, 2014