China Primary School Second Graders do Pumpkin Decomposition Project

Submitted by Keith Morin, Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Chief Academic Officer for  Regional School Unit No. 18.

In preparation for China Primary School’s second grade’s spring Earth Science studies, earlier this fall we researched where our trash goes and prepped a project we will be digging up on Earth Day! We hollowed out a pumpkin, filled the pumpkin with our snack time trash, and then buried our pumpkin behind our school!

Our second graders placed seeds, nuts, plastic wrappers, juice boxes, apples, carrots, and
goldfish into the pumpkin! We made predictions as to which items would break down between now and April – and which snack items would not! We are so excited to dig up our pumpkin in the spring and make our observations!