Students learn about the following themes of science through hands-on exploration and inquiry activities. All future lessons and activities will connect to these scientific themes.
Scientific Investigations Use a Variety of Methods
Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence
Scientific Knowledge is Open to Revision in Light of New Evidence
Scientific Models, Laws, Mechanisms, and Theories Explain Natural Phenomena
Science is a Way of Knowing
Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems
Science is a Human Endeavor
Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World
Students will collaborate in small groups to discuss observable phenomena, develop models, and communicate evidence-based arguments to scientific questions. Students will discuss the meaning of the term 'scientific' and find examples of how culture and context influence the direction of scientific pursuits.