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In this lesson, students learn to make scientific observations to determine what can and cannot be used as compost. The teacher uses targeted questioning to determine students' knowledge and thought processes and to facilitate reflection and deeper understanding. He sets explicit learning goals and refers back to these in a discussion at the end of the lesson.
Balnarring Primary School is located 70 km south-east of Melbourne. The school’s mission statement is to develop competent, curious learners who strive to do their best and both respect and care for themselves, others and the environment. The school employs a specialist science teacher to devise and deliver a science program in a dedicated science room from Foundation to Year 6. The school community highly values its wetlands and sustainability area. These provide rich contexts for students to actively learn about sustainability and demonstrate their care for the environment. 
  • What opportunities are there for students to explore the "real world" in your classes?
  • How would you recognise 'innovative practice' and where have you seen it in your school context?
  • How can you utilise your school's local environment to support learning?
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Offline package - Investigating compost