Access Point #: SC.1.N.1.In.4

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General Information
Number: SC.1.N.1.In.4
Category: Independent
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Big Idea: The Practice of Science

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 scientific method."

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.

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Related Courses

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5020020: Science Grade One
7720020: Access Science Grade 1
5011010: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 1
5020080: STEM Lab Grade 1

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Lesson Plans

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Some Things Happen Fast and Some Things Happen Slow:

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Tree Observations:

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Unit/Lesson Sequences

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