science-06-animated-images.gif"Inquiry is central to science learning. When engaging in inquiry, students describe objects and events, ask questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas to others. They identify their assumptions, use critical and logical thinking, and consider alternative explanations. In this way, students actively develop their understanding of science by combining scientific knowledge with reasoning and thinking skills."
--National Science Education Standards

The following is from page 2 of Prekindergarten – Grade 8 Curriculum Standards and Assessment Expectations:
Scientific knowledge is created and communicated through students’ use of the following skills. All of the inquiry skills described below should be utilized by PK-2 students as they learn the content described by each Content Standard on the pages that follow.

Expected Performances
1. Make observations and ask questions about objects, organisms and the environment.
2. Use senses and simple measuring tools to collect data.
3. Make predictions based on observed patterns.
4. Read, write, listen and speak about observations of the natural world.
5. Seek information in books, magazines and pictures.
6. Present information in words and drawings.
7. Use standard tools to measure and describe physical properties such as weight, length and temperature.
8. Use nonstandard measures to estimate and compare the sizes of objects.
9. Count, order and sort objects by their properties.
10. Represent information in bar graphs.
Connecticut State Department of Education 2010

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