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Correlations to National Science Education Standards

Grades K–4
Science as Inquiry – Content Standard A
Understandings about Scientific Inquiry

  • Scientific investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing the answer with what scientists already know about the world.
  • Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations.

Science and Technology - Content Standard E
Understandings about Science and Technology

  • People have always had questions about their world. Science is one way of answering questions and explaining the natural world.

History and Nature of Science – Content Standard G
Science as a Human Endeavor

  • Although men and women using scientific inquiry have learned much about the objects, events, and phenomena in nature, much more remains to be understood. Science will never be finished.

Grades 5–8
Science as Inquiry -Content Standard A
Understandings about Scientific Inquiry

  • Current scientific knowledge and understanding guide scientific investigations.
  • Scientific explanations emphasize evidence, have logically consistent arguments, and use scientific principles, models, and theories.
  • Science advances through legitimate skepticism. Asking questions and querying other scientists' explanations is part of scientific inquiry.

Earth and Space Science – Content Standard D
Earth in the Solar System

  • Gravity is the force that keeps planets in orbit around the sun and governs the rest of the motion in the solar system. Gravity alone holds us to the earth's surface and explains the phenomena of the tides.

History and Nature of Science - Content Standard G
Science as a Human Endeavor

  • Science requires different abilities, depending on such factors as the field of study and type of inquiry. Science is very much a human endeavor, and the work of science relies on basic human qualities, such as reasoning, insight, energy, skill, and creativity — as well as on scientific habits of mind, such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of ambiguity, skepticism, and openness to new ideas.

Last updated
August 30, 2010

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