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Sub Categories or Standards:
  • Generate a hypothesis that can be tested.
  • Demonstrate safe behavior and appropriate procedures (e.g., use and care of technology, materials, organisms) in all science inquiry.
  • Conduct a controlled investigation to support or reject a hypothesis.
  • Perform measurements using appropriate scientific tools (e.g., balances, microscopes, probes, micrometers).
  • Keep a record of observations, notes, sketches, questions, and ideas using tools such as written and/or computer logs.
  • Analyze data obtained in a scientific investigation to identify trends.
  • Form a logical argument about a correlation between variables or sequence of events (e.g., construct a cause-and-effect chain that explains a sequence of events).
  • Interpret data that show a variety of possible relationships between two variables, including: positive relationship, negative relationship, or no relationship.
  • Explain how evidence supports the validity and reliability of a conclusion.
  • Identify the potential investigational error that may occur (e.g., flawed investigational design, inaccurate measurement, computational errors, unethical reporting).
  • Communicate the results of an investigation.
  • Choose an appropriate graphic representation for collected data: line graph, double bar graph, stem and leaf plot, histogram.
  • Present analyses and conclusions in clear, concise formats.
  • Communicate the results and conclusion of the investigation.
  • Evaluate the impact of a major scientific development within the past decade.
  • Evaluate career opportunities related to life and physical sciences.
  • Apply the following scientific processes to other problem solving or decision making situations: observing, questioning, communicating, comparing, measuring, classifying, predicting, organizing data, inferring, generating hypotheses, identifying variables
  • Analyze the risk factors associated with natural, human induced, and/or biological hazards, including: waste disposal of industrial chemicals and greenhouse gases.
  • Analyze possible solutions to address the environmental risks associated with chemicals and biological systems.
  • Propose viable methods of responding to an identified need or problem.
  • Compare solutions to best address an identified need or problem.
  • Design and construct a solution to an identified need or problem using simple classroom materials.