Lesson Plan: Nature's Recyclers

In this lesson, students create dioramas to show where nature's recyclers live.

Author: Recycle Rally

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Recycle Rally has partnered with EcoRise to bring you comprehensive, hands-on lessons focused on waste and recycling for grades K-12. Your Kindergarten students will love this lesson about nature’s recyclers. Access the free lesson plan by clicking on the link below!




Lesson 1.2: Nature’s Recyclers


In this Kindergarten lesson, students look below the surface of the natural world to catch a glimpse of nature’s recyclers (hint, hint: worms)! They learn how organisms in nature help dead plants and animals rot and turn into something useful. They then learn the term decomposer and look at several examples of common decomposers. Students then work in teams to create dioramas that show places these organisms might be found in a forest setting. Before this lesson, you may be interested in implementing the first lesson of this series, in which students learn the categories for recycling. Composting is one of those categories!


Estimated time needed: Two parts consisting of 45–55 minutes each


All lessons are mapped to CCSS, NGSS, EFS, and TEKS standards.




Students will be able to…

  • Give examples of nature’s recyclers.
  • Explain how these organisms create compost.
  • Describe why compost is a good thing.
  • Describe how humans can mimic nature by recycling.


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