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Correlations to National Science Standards

Grades K–4
Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Objects in the Sky

  • The Moon has properties, movements, and a location that can be observed and described

Science and Technology – Content Standard E
Understanding About Science and Technology

  • People have always had questions about their world. Science is one way of answering questions and explaining the natural world.
  • Tools help scientists make better observations, measurements, and equipment for investigations. They help scientists see, measure, and do things that they could not otherwise see, measure, and do.
  • Scientists and engineers often work in teams with different individuals doing different things that contribute to the results. This understanding focuses primarily on teams working together and secondarily, on the combination of scientist and engineer teams.

Grades 5–8
Science and Technology – Content Standard E
Understanding About Science and Technology

  • Science and technology are reciprocal. Science helps drive technology as it addresses questions that demand more sophisticated instruments and provides principles for better instrumentation and techniques
  • Scientific inquiry and technological design have similarities and differences. Scientists propose explanations for questions about the natural world, and engineers propose solutions relating to human problems, needs, and aspirations. Technological solutions are temporary; technologies exist within nature and so they cannot contravene physical or biological principles; and technologies cost, carry risks, and provide benefits.
  • Perfectly designed solutions do not exist. All technological solutions have trade-offs, such as safety, cost, efficiency, and appearance.
  • Technological designs have constraints. Some constraints are unavoidable, for example, properties of materials, or effects of weather and friction; other constraints limit choices in the design, for example, environmental protection, human safety, and aesthetics.

Language Arts Focus

  • Understand scientific terms and descriptive scientific language
  • Students use a variety of information resource (e.g., libraries) to gather and synthesize information.

Last updated
October 19, 2009


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