Standards with the same topic and subject but for other grades
Use observations to develop an accurate description of a natural phenomenon and compare one’s observations and descriptions with those of others.
Conduct or critique an experiment, noting when the experiment might not be fair because some of the things that might change the outcome are not kept the same, or that the experiment is not repeated enough times to provide valid results.
Test and evaluate solutions, considering advantages and disadvantages of the engineering solution, and communicate the results effectively.
Recognize that describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.
Recognize that when scientific investigations are replicated they generally produce the same results, and when results differ significantly, it is important to investigate what may have caused such differences.
Generate a scientific question and plan an appropriate scientific investigation, such as systematic observations, field studies, open-ended exploration or controlled experiments to answer the question.
Understand that different explanations for the same observations usually lead to making more observations and trying to resolve the differences.
Explain why evidence, clear communication, accurate record keeping, replication by others, and openness to scrutiny are essential parts of doing science.
Raise questions about the natural world and seek answers by making careful observations, noting what happens when you interact with an object, and sharing the answers with others.
Use appropriate tools and techniques in gathering, analyzing and interpreting data.