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Skills available for Montana second-grade science standards

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1 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, evaluate, and communicate results and reasonable conclusions of scientific investigations.

  • 1 Develop the abilities necessary to safely conduct scientific inquiry, including (a step-by-step sequence is not implied): (a) asking questions about objects, events, and organisms in the environment, (b) planning and conducting simple investigations

    • A Use observations to ask questions about objects, events and organisms in the environment

    • B Identify what's being measured in a simple investigation

    • C Identify what's staying the same in a simple investigation, with guidance

    • D Follow appropriate safety rules

    • E Follow step-by-step directions to conduct a simple guided investigation using controls and variables

  • 2 Select and use appropriate tools including technology to make measurements (including metric units) and represent results of basic scientific investigations

  • 3 Use data to describe and communicate the results of scientific investigations

  • 4 Use models that illustrate simple concepts and compare those models to the actual phenomenon

    • A Define a model as a representation of an actual object

    • B Match models to real life examples

  • 5 Identify a valid test in an investigation

  • 6 Identify how observations of nature form an essential base of knowledge among the Montana American Indians

    • A Identify examples of Montana American Indians making use of natural resources

    • B Explain Montana American Indians' explanations of the natural world

2 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate the knowledge of properties, forms, changes and interactions of physical and chemical systems.

3 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.

4 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of the composition, structures, processes and interactions of Earth's systems and other objects in space.

  • 1 Describe and give examples of Earth's changing features

    • A Compare and contrast the characteristics of Earth's natural features

    • B Make a model of a variety of Earth's features (land and water)

  • 2 Describe and measure the physical properties of Earth's basic materials (including soil, rocks, water and gases) and the resources they provide

  • 3 Investigate fossils and make inferences about life, the plants, animals, and the environment at that time

  • 4 Observe and describe the water cycle and the local weather and demonstrate how weather conditions are measured

    • A Recognize that all types of precipitation are different forms of water

    • B Identify characteristics of different types of weather conditions

  • 5 Identify seasons and explain the difference between weather and climate

    • A List the four seasons

    • B Identify characteristics of each season

    • C Compare/contrast the seasons

  • 6 Identify objects (e.g., moon, stars, meteors) in the sky and their patterns of movement and explain that light and heat comes from a star called the sun

  • 7 Identify technology and methods used for space exploration (e.g., star patterns, space shuttles, telescopes)

5 Students, through the inquiry process, understand how scientific knowledge and technological developments impact communities, cultures and societies.

  • 1 Describe and discuss examples of how people use science and technology

    • A Identify technology as the knowledge, processes and products used to solve problems and make lives easier

    • B Identify various technologies in our community

    • C Explain how various technologies are used in the community

  • 2 Describe a scientific or technological innovation that impacts communities, cultures, and societies

  • 3 Simulate scientific collaboration by sharing and communicating ideas to identify and describe problems

  • 4 Use scientific knowledge to make inferences and propose solutions for simple environmental problems

    • A Identify an environmental problem

    • B Discuss the scientific issues relevant to the environmental problem

  • 5 Identify how the knowledge of science and technology influences the development of the Montana American Indian cultures

    • A Identify how tools may be used for a specific process

    • B Identify examples of tools, their uses, and how they have been developed and are being developed by Montana American Indians

6 Students understand historical developments in science and technology.

  • 1 Give historical examples of scientific and technological contributions to communities, cultures and societies, including Montana American Indian examples

  • 2 Describe how scientific inquiry has produced much knowledge about the world and a variety of contributions toward understanding events and phenomenon within the universe

    • A Demonstrate that knowledge is gained through questioning and observations

    • B Identify examples of tools that enhance observations

  • 3 Describe science as a human endeavor and an ongoing process

    • A Identify examples of science as a human process