Ask students to do research on decomposers, pick their favorite decomposer, and then write and draw a cartoon strip of them hard at work in the compost pile. For inspiration, read: The Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.
Starting With Soil is a new app from the Center for Ecoliteracy and Whole Kids Foundation offers a playful, visually rich way to help kids understand that soil is a living system full of fascinating relationships. Encourage teachers to allow students free or structured time to use it in the computer lab or on their Chromebooks in class.
Conduct a soil shake test with students to learn more about the different components of soil. Follow the “mason jar” activity in this guide: Soil Sampling.