Lesson Plan: Let's Compost!

Students will assist in creating a compost pile and create a poster showing what they’ve learned.

Author: Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally

Recycle Rally has partnered with EcoRise to bring you comprehensive, hands-on lessons focused on waste and recycling for grades K-12. Your students will love learning how to make a compost pile in this lesson. Access the free lesson plan by clicking on the link below!




Lesson 2.2: Let’s Compost!


In this lesson written for grades 1-2, students review the types of materials that make good compost and then explore the school grounds to forage for leaves and twigs. Next, they assist while their teacher demonstrates how to use layers of organic materials to create an effective compost pile. After discussing the many benefits of compost, students then work together to create a poster that shows what they’ve learned.


Estimated time needed: 50 minutes


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




Students will be able to…

  • Give examples of plant materials that can be composted.
  • Describe how to create a compost bin.
  • Share several benefits of composting.


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Looking for more composting lessons? Check out our Create a Microcomposter in a Bottle lesson, which can be adapted for Grades 1-6.

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