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National Science Education Standards

Science as Inquiry

  • Ask a question about objects, organisms, events. (K-4)
  • Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence. (5-8)

Physical Science/Earth and Space Science

  • Objects in the sky have patterns of movement. The sun, for example, appears to move across the sky in the same way every day. (K-4)
  • An object's motion can be described by tracing and measuring its position over time. (K-4)
  • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described. (K-4)<
  • Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. Those motions explain phenomena such as the day, the year, phases of the moon, and eclipses. (5-8)
National Math Standards
  • Understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement.
  • Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.

 

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