Wachusett Regional School District
Wachusett Mountain

District Frameworks - Science and Technology/Engineering

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SCIENCE AS INQUIRY - Strand 2

Understanding of Scientific Concepts
An Appreciation of "How One Know" What One Know In Science
Understanding of Nature of Science
Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world
The dispositions to use the skills, abilities and attitudes associated with science


K - 5 Standard

As a result of activities in grades K - 4, all students should develop:

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry by asking questions, making predictions, and planning and conducting simple investigation.
  • Understanding about scientific inquiry by using simple tools, e.g., hand lens, rulers, balances, etc., interpreting findings, describing and communicating their observations.

6 - 8 Standard

As a result of activities in grades 6 - 8, all students should develop:

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry by noting and describing details, patterns, relationships, etc., applying a variety of investigative techniques to questions and using more complex tools for observations and data gathering (microscope, computer probes, wind tunnels, timers, etc.)
  • Understanding about scientific inquiry by using evidence to formulate ideas and solutions representing data by using tables, graphs, etc., and providing alternative explanations, procedures, and approaches to problems.
  • Ability to formulate a testable hypothesis.
  • Ability to design and conduct an experiment specifying variable to be changed, controlled, and measured.
 
9 - 12 Standard

As a result of activities in grades 9 - 12, all students should develop:

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry by using a wide range of exploratory techniques (experiments, literature searches, research and development, etc.); appropriate selection, and use of common and specialized tools for investigative purposes; and formulate testable questions and explanations using the results of predictions
  • Understanding about scientific inquiry by accurately using scientific nomenclature, symbols, and connections to communicate ideas, procedures and findings; questioning interpretations and conclusions based on available evidence; and interpreting data based on experimental findings.
  • Ability to pose question and state hypothesis based on prior scientific observations, experiments, and knowledge.
  • Ability to communicate and defend a scientific argument.