Standard #: SC.7.N.2.1


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Identify an instance from the history of science in which scientific knowledge has changed when new evidence or new interpretations are encountered.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 7
Body of Knowledge: Nature of Science
Big Idea: The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge -

A: Scientific knowledge is based on empirical evidence, and is appropriate for understanding the natural world, but it provides only a limited understanding of the supernatural, aesthetic, or other ways of knowing, such as art, philosophy, or religion.

B: Scientific knowledge is durable and robust, but open to change.

C: Because science is based on empirical evidence it strives for objectivity, but as it is a human endeavor the processes, methods, and knowledge of science include subjectivity, as well as creativity and discovery.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Content Complexity Rating: Level 1: Recall - More Information
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

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Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.7.N.2.In.1 Identify an example of a change in scientific knowledge based on new evidence or new interpretations.
SC.7.N.2.Su.1 Recognize an example of a change in scientific knowledge based on new evidence.
SC.7.N.2.Pa.1 Recognize information related to science.


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Lesson Plans

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Original Student Tutorial

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Scientific Knowledge Changes

Learn how scientific knowledge can change when new evidence is discovered or new ideas are developed. In this interactive tutorial, you'll look at some famous example from the history of science, including the cell theory and the theory of plate tectonics.

Presentation/Slideshow

Name Description
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Resource provides a succinct overview of the nature of science; what science is and is not. Information includes the aims of scientific pursuits, principles, process and thinking.

Student Resources

Original Student Tutorial

Name Description
Scientific Knowledge Changes:

Learn how scientific knowledge can change when new evidence is discovered or new ideas are developed. In this interactive tutorial, you'll look at some famous example from the history of science, including the cell theory and the theory of plate tectonics.

Presentation/Slideshow

Name Description
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Resource provides a succinct overview of the nature of science; what science is and is not. Information includes the aims of scientific pursuits, principles, process and thinking.



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