Science

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3rd Grade

The Nature of Science and Technology 3.1 Students, working collaboratively, carry out investigations. They question, observe, and make accurate measurements. Students increase their use of tools, record data in journals, and communicate results through chart, graph, written, and verbal forms.

Scientific Thinking 3.2 Students use a variety of skills and techniques when attempting to answer questions and solve problems. They describe their observations accurately and clearly, using numbers, words, and sketches, and are able to communicate their thinking to others.

The Physical Setting 3.3 Students observe changes of the Earth and sky. They continue to explore the concepts of energy and motion.

The Living Environment 3.4 Students learn about an increasing variety of organisms. They use appropriate tools and identify similarities and differences among them. Students explore how organisms satisfy their needs in typical environments.

The Mathematical World 3.5 Students apply mathematics in scientific contexts. Students make more precise and varied measurements when gathering data. Based upon collected data, they pose questions and solve problems. Students use numbers to record data and construct graphs and tables to communicate their findings.

Common Themes 3.6 Students work with an increasing variety of systems and begin to modify parts in systems and models and notice the changes that result. They question why change occurs.

4th Grade

The Nature of Science and Technology 4.1 Students, working collaboratively, carry out investigations. They observe and make accurate measurements, increase their use of tools and instruments, record data in journals, and communicate results through chart, graph, written, and verbal forms.

Scientific Thinking 4.2 Students use a variety of skills and techniques when attempting to answer questions and solve problems. They describe their observations accurately and clearly, using numbers, words, and sketches, and are able to communicate their thinking to others. They compare, explain, and justify both information and numerical functions.

The Physical Setting 4.3 Students continue to investigate changes of the Earth and sky and begin to understand the composition and size of the universe. They explore, describe, and classify materials, motion, and energy.

The Living Environment 4.4 Students learn about an increasing variety of organisms – familiar, exotic, fossil, and microscopic. They use appropriate tools in identifying similarities and differences among them. They explore how organisms satisfy their needs in their environments.

The Mathematical World 4.5 Students apply mathematics in scientific contexts. Their geometric descriptions of objects are comprehensive. They realize that graphing demonstrates specific connections between data. They identify questions that can be answered by data distribution.

Common Themes 4.6 Students work with an increasing variety of systems and begin to modify parts in systems and models and notice the changes that result. They question why change occurs.

5th Grade

The Nature of Science and Technology 5.1 Students work collaboratively to carry out investigations. They observe and make accurate measurements, increase their use of tools and instruments, record data in journals, and communicate results through chart, graph, written, and verbal forms. Students repeat investigations, explain inconsistencies, and design projects.

Scientific Thinking 5.2 Students use a variety of skills and techniques when attempting to answer questions and solve problems. Students describe their observations accurately and clearly using numbers, words, and sketches, and are able to communicate their thinking to others. They compare, contrast, explain, and justify both information and numerical functions.

The Physical Setting 5.3 Students continue to investigate changes of Earth and the sky. They explore, describe, and classify materials, motion, and energy.

The Living Environment 5.4 Students learn about an increasing variety of organisms – familiar, exotic, fossil, and microscopic. They use appropriate tools in identifying similarities and differences among these organisms. Students explore how organisms satisfy their needs in their environments.

The Mathematical World 5.5 Students apply mathematics in scientific contexts. They make more precise and varied measurements in gathering data. Their geometric descriptions of objects are comprehensive, and their graphing demonstrates specific connections. They identify questions that can be answered by data distribution, i.e. “Where is the middle?” and their support of claims or answers with reasons and analogies becomes important.

Common Themes 5.6 Students work with an increasing variety of systems and begin to modify parts in systems and models and notice the changes that result.

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