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Topic: CERES Excursion Recap and building worm farm
Date: Lesson 9 (60 minutes)
Setting: Outside in school courtyard (Alternative setting)
Learning
Intention

Success
Criteria
We are contributing to a more sustainable pattern of living through creating
a worm farm.

I can understand how worm composting and waste recycle in school
can contribute to more sustainable future
I can demonstrate and practice how easy it is to set-up a worm farm
I can identify how worm compositing can benefit our school
I can use the information learnt in class to create my own worm farm
at home
Waste are contributing to the environment

AusVELS Science as a Human Endeavour
Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of
human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial
resource management (ACSHE136)
- describing how technologies have been applied to modern farming techniques to improve yields
and sustainability

Cross-Curriculum Priority
Sustainability

Assessment Formative Assessment
Viewing students engagement in beginning to plan a worm farm and
apply knowledge learnt through excursion to the project.
Time Topic and activities Materials required
Time
Allocation
9.00-9.10am Mark roll
Post excursion briefing/distribute
worksheets
E5: Engage/Explore /Explain
(Through being in alternative
setting)
Encourage students to share any notes
they have created on the excursion
about CERES excursion
Discuss:
- What sustainable gardening
techniques did you learn
yesterday?
- How does Australias average
ecological footprint compare
with other nations? What can
you do to reduce it?
- What is the difference and
Roll
Student
workbooks
Venn diagram
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similarities of conventional
farming versus organic farming
(Venn diagram)
- What sustainable gardening
techniques could be used in our
own college garden?

9.10am-
9.15am
Introduce topic that we will be focusing
on for the semester.
(Worm farms)
Using a large piece of paper, get
students come one by one and write
what they know already about Worm
farms to gauge how much information
is needed to be covered.
5-10 mins
9.15am -
9.45am
e5: Engage/Explore

How do you think worm farm can
benefit our school?

Using the clip on the Bunnings
warehouse website students are
creating a worm farm using
steps and procedures shown in
the video.

As a class students will break down the
steps and measure out the area being
used. In groups of four students will be
planning equipment needed, costs
associated (school budget), time
allocation and ways the school can be
involved.

Workbooks
iPads (For
video)
Measuring
tape
30 mins
9.45-9.55 As a class explore how the school could
benefit from a worm farm

file:///Users/Morgann/Downloads/w
orm-farming-fact-sheet.pdf

Answer following questions on iPad:
- What living conditions do
worms like? Why?
- What types of foods are to be
avoided for the worm farm?
- What type of conditions do the
worms thrive in?
- What are three main types of
worms?
iPads 10 mins
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As an exit pass , give students each a
stick piece and get them to fill out one
fact they learnt and how they can apply
it to their own worm farms.
10.00am Conclude lesson. Get students to pack
up equipment and head back to class.