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Skills available for Minnesota third-grade science standards

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1 Exploring phenomena or engineering problems

  • 1.1 Asking questions and defining problem

    • 1.1.1 Students will be able to ask questions about aspects of the phenomena they observe, the conclusions they draw from their models or scientific investigations, each other's ideas, and the information they read.

      • 3P. Ask questions based on observations about why objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated.

  • 1.2 Planning and carrying out investigations

    • 1.2.1 Students will be able to design and conduct investigations in the classroom, laboratory, and/or field to test students' ideas and questions, and will organize and collect data to provide evidence to support claims the students make about phenomena.

2 Looking at data and empirical evidence to understand phenomena or solve problems

  • 2.1 Analyzing and interpreting data

    • 2.1.1 Students will be able to represent observations and data in order to recognize patterns in the data, the meaning of those patterns, and possible relationships between variables.

  • 2.2 Using mathematics and computational thinking

    • 2.2.1 Students will be able to use mathematics to represent physical variables and their relationships; compare mathematical expressions to the real world; and engage in computational thinking as they use or develop algorithms to describe the natural or designed worlds.

      • 3E. Organize and electronically present collected data to identify and describe patterns in the amount of daylight in the different times of the year.

3 Developing possible explanations of phenomena or designing solutions to engineering problems

4 Communicating reasons, arguments and ideas to others