Decomposition Mission

In this activity, students investigate the fascinating and complex process of
decomposition and lay the foundation for deeper understanding of concepts related to matter and energy transfer in ecosystems. Through exploration and discussion, students go beyond simple definitions. Instead, students discover key characteristics of decomposition as they struggle with creating a sequence for decomposing wood and leaves. They learn the difference between physical decomposition and chemical decomposition and that many things contribute to decomposition, but certain organisms are classified as decomposers. They also search for and discuss evidence of decomposers, make model diagrams to further develop their ideas about the process of decomposition, and discuss decomposition and its role in the cycling of matter. Finally, students are challenged to recognize the evidence and impact of decomposition in the ecosystems they explore.

Program Location(s):

Moose Hill, Sharon


6, 7, 8


  • Children - $ 9.00
  • Adults - $ 5.00
  • By selecting a second program to create a full-day of hands-on learning you receive a significant discount. Full day rates start at $14 per student depending upon the programs selected. We can serve up to 130 students for full day programs. We provide one Moose Hill teacher naturalist per 12 to 14 students. One adult (teacher or chaperone) is free for every 6 students; additional adults are charged. The minimum fee is based on 10 participants per Moose Hill teacher naturalist scheduled for your program. Contact the Moose Hill education coordinator to learn more and to schedule your program.

Curriculum Frameworks:

7-MS-LS1-4 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal beh., plant structures repro.
7-MS-LS2-3 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - matter and energy cycling

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