Scientific investigation and reasoning

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The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and environmentally appropriate practices. The student is expected to:
Demonstrate safe practices as described in Texas Education Agency-approved safety standards during classroom and outdoor investigations using safety equipment as appropriate, including safety goggles or chemical splash goggles, as appropriate, and gloves; and
Make informed choices in the use and conservation of natural resources by recycling or reusing materials such as paper, aluminum cans, and plastics.
The student uses scientific practices during laboratory and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
Plan and implement descriptive investigations, including asking and answering questions, making inferences, and selecting and using equipment or technology needed, to solve a specific problem in the natural world;
Collect and record data by observing and measuring using the metric system and recognize differences between observed and measured data
Construct maps, graphic organizers, simple tables, charts, and bar graphs using tools and current technology to organize, examine, and evaluate measured data;
Analyze and interpret patterns in data to construct reasonable explanations based on evidence from investigations;
Demonstrate that repeated investigations may increase the reliability of results; and
Communicate valid conclusions supported by data in writing, by drawing pictures, and through verbal discussion
The student knows that information, critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the contributions of scientists are used in making decisions. The student is expected to:
Analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing;
Represent the natural world using models such as volcanoes or the Sun, Earth, and Moon system and identify their limitations, including size, properties, and materials; and
Connect grade-level appropriate science concepts with the history of science, science careers, and contributions of scientists
The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to
Collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, pan balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, spring scales, hot plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, and Sun, Earth, and Moon system models; timing devices; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

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