Students use a variety of methods including labs, problem based learning, and guided inquiry, to investigate the world around them. They apply the cross-cutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change as they learn about the core ideas of matter, forces, energy, waves, organisms, ecosystems, heredity, diversity of life, earth systems, and earth and human activity.
As an integral part of their science experience, students engage in the real-world science and engineering practices of asking questions and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and engaging in argument from evidence. For more information, see the Next Generation Science Standards.
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Catherine Hawthorne-Kocak, Content Area Specialist