Investigating compost

Investigating compost
Publication Date: July, 2015
Type of Resource: Weblink

This online resource is an illustration of teaching practice for teachers of younger years, which is based on teaching the concepts involved with compost.

This 5-minute video is intended for viewing by teachers of Year 1 and Year 2. It depicts a teacher and his class making scientific observations to determine which materials can and cannot be used for composting.

The video shows a teacher using inquiry-learning approaches as students explore the practical aspects of changes to materials through the process of decomposition. It is designed to demonstrate practices that exemplify teaching standards considered appropriate for a highly accomplished teacher. The video is accompanied with detailed information on standards, discussion questions, the Australian Curriculum, school context, learning context, accessibility and copyright information. 

Additional Information

This teaching resource is one of many videos that depict illustrations of practice featuring Australian teachers working with students. It was produced by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

The original resource became unavailable in June 2018. The current link is to an Internet Archive copy of the original last captured 14 May 2018. 

Apologies for any inconvenience if the link to the Internet Archive doesn't work as well as the original.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 1 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Participate in guided investigations to explore and answer questions using... > ACSIS025
  • Year 1 > Science Understanding > Chemical Sciences > Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways > ACSSU018
  • Year 1 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Nature and development of science > Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in,... > ACSHE021