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Mars from Above -Protecting Life: The Martian Challenge - Standards
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Protecting Life: The Martian Challenge

Correlations to National Science Standards

Grades K–4
Science as Inquiry — Content Standard A
Abilities Necessary to do Scientific Inquiry

  • Plan and conduct a simple investigation.
  • Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
  • Communicate investigations and explanations.

Understanding About Scientific Inquiry

  • Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations.

Grades 5–8
Science as Inquiry — Content Standard A
Abilities Necessary to do Scientific Inquiry  

  • Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather data, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanation.

Understanding About Scientific Inquiry

  • Scientific explanations emphasize evidence and use scientific models.

Physical Science — Content Standard B
Transfer of Energy

  • The Sun is a major source of energy for changes on Earth’s surface. The Sun’s energy arrives as light with a range of wavelengths, consisting of visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet radiation.

Last updated
June 12, 2013

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