What happens to waste experiment

What happens to waste experiment

  • Primary
  • Foundation
  • Science
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this simple experiment the class will have the chance to study the different ways that waste materials break down. The class will bury a variety of ‘waste’ materials and dig them up at regular intervals to see how they are breaking down. This activity can be extended over several weeks or months, with the class revisiting the waste materials each week and recording their findings.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • undertake a simple science experiment aimed at determining how different types of waste take different amounts of time to break down
  • find that some types of waste break down very quickly, while others are very, very slow.

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