BIG IDEA 1: The Practice of
A: Scientific inquiry is a
multifaceted activity; The processes of science include the formulation of
scientifically investigable questions, construction of investigations into
those questions, the collection of appropriate data, the evaluation of the
meaning of those data, and the communication of this evaluation.
B: The processes of science
frequently do not correspond to the traditional portrayal of "the
C: Scientific argumentation is a
necessary part of scientific inquiry and plays an important role in the
generation and validation of scientific knowledge.
D: Scientific knowledge is based
on observation and inference; it is important to recognize that these are
very different things. Not only does science require creativity in its
methods and processes, but also in its questions and explanations.
Define a problem from the eighth grade curriculum using appropriate
reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry
out scientific investigations of various types, such as systematic
observations or experiments, identify variables, collect and organize
data, interpret data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information,
make predictions, and defend conclusions.
Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of
relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the
application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions,
explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.
SC.8.N.1.In.a Identify a problem from the eighth grade
curriculum, use reference materials to gather information, carry out an
experiment, collect and record data, and report results.
SC.8.N.1.In.b Identify a possible explanation (hypothesis)
for a science problem.
SC.8.N.1.In.c Identify methods used in different areas of
science, such as life science, earth and space science, and physical
SC.8.N.1.In.d Identify that the process used in scientific
investigations involves asking a research question, forming a hypothesis,
reviewing what is already known, collecting evidence through observations
or experiments, determining results, and reaching conclusions.
SC.8.N.1.Su.a Recognize a problem from the eighth grade curriculum, use
materials to gather information, conduct a simple experiment, and record
and share results.
SC.8.N.1.Su.b Recognize a possible explanation (hypothesis) for a science
SC.8.N.1.Su.c Recognize methods used in different areas of science, such
as life science, earth and space science, and physical science.
SC.8.N.1.Su.d Recognize that the basic process used in scientific
investigations involves questioning, observing, and recording and sharing
SC.8.N.1.Pa.a Recognize a problem related to the eighth grade curriculum,
observe and explore objects and activities, and recognize a solution.
SC.8.N.1.Pa.b Recognize science as a way to solve problems about the