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Science Objectives:

A. Incorporation of Performance Standards as Tasks
   The students will be able to use scientific thinking skills to:
        1. Ask Questions
               Note relationships among objects or events.
               Note discrepant events.
               Seek information.
               Formulate questions.
               Generate statements that describe expected results.
        2. Collect Data
               Make accurate observations of objects and events using
                  the senses or other instruments.
               Use standard measuring devices to quantify data.
               Identify the significance of data.
               Use experience to estimate values of quantitative data.
        3. Analyze Data
               Use observations and known information to predict events
               Use evaluation and judgment to make inferences.
               Increase the value of data by tabulating.
               Use applied mathematics as a means of analyzing data.
               Note related changes in variables when correlating.
               Classify the characteristics of objects or events to
                   group them in a hierarchical system using
                   similarities and differences.
        4. Explain
               Describe the results of an investigation through words,
                   symbols, diagrams, or model.
               Make up definitions through the use of common
                   characteristics of sets of objects.

B. Incorporation of Knowledge Standards
   The student will understand that certain fundamental concepts, or
   themes  cut across scientific disciplines, including:
        1. Organization:  The universe is composed of systems that are
        2. Limitations: Natural phenomena are limited by the
                   fundamental nature of matter and energy.
        3. Systems & Interactions: Relationships exist between matter and
                   energy. Living things also interact with matter and energy in
                   time and space, forming relationships that include adaptation
        4. Change: The natural environment is constantly undergoing
                   change in both scale and structure.

C. Attitudes
   The student will develop enthusiasm for the nature of science by:
        1. Acknowledging that science is a creative enterprise.
        2. Recognizing certain scientific assumptions and milestones that
                   affect scientific principles.
        3. Appreciating the nature of science and its quest for
                   perseverance, objectivity and accuracy.
        4. Directly experiencing with the intellectual joy of scientific
        5. Recognizing that science, technology, and society are
        6. Understand that developments in science and technology
                   affect the condition of life and, in turn, society's response
                   to  scientific developments affects the direction of research
                   and development.
 7. Appreciating the general effects of science and technology on


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