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Developed by the Cornell Environmental Inquiry Program, Decay and Renewal consists of a student edition and teacher's guide designed to enable high school students to carry out authentic research. By using scientific protocols to investigate the processes in wastewater treatment, composting, landfilling, and bioremediation of contaminated sites, Decay and Renewal teaches important science concepts within the context of environmental issues. Decay and Renewal is published by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and is available at 1-800-277-5300 or http://store.nsta.org.

Online resources to accompany the books

More about Decay and Renewal:

Decay and Renewal includes:

  • An overview of basic principles of biodegradation, the assortment of biological processes that cause organic matter to decay,
  • Simple but authentic research protocols that measure biodegration in compost, landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, bioremediation sites, and streams,
  • A progression of worksheets that guides students through each step of research, providing structure but flexibility in designing and conducting meaningful experiments, and
  • Guidelines for integrating peer review and other collaborative knowledge-building into classroom science

Other books in the Cornell Scientific Inquiry Series
Assessing Toxic Risk, Invasion Ecology, and Watershed Dynamics are available from NSTA -- click on the book covers below for more information.

Assessing Toxic Risk Book Cover  Invasion Ecology Book Cover  Watershed Dynamics Book Cover

Other Environmental Inquiry Publications
Visit our publication page to find out about other curricula, conference papers, videos, websites, and peer-reviewed journal articles that have been developed through the Environmental Inquiry program.


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