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Skills available for New Mexico fourth-grade science standards

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I Scientific Thinking and Practice

  • I Understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting and validating to think critically.

    • I Use scientific methods to observe, collect, record, analyze, predict, interpret, and determine reasonableness of data.

      • 1 Use instruments to perform investigations (e.g., timers, balances) and communicate findings.

      • 2 Differentiate observation from interpretation and understand that a scientific explanation comes in part from what is observed and in part from how the observation is interpreted.

      • 3 Conduct multiple trials to test a prediction, draw logical conclusions, and construct and interpret graphs from measurements.

      • 4 Collect data in an investigation using multiple techniques, including control groups, and analyze those data to determine what other investigations could be conducted to validate findings.

    • II Use scientific thinking and knowledge and communicate findings.

    • III Use mathematical skills and vocabulary to analyze data, understand patterns and relationships, and communicate findings.

      • 1 Conduct multiple trials using simple mathematical techniques to make and test predictions.

      • 2 Use mathematical equations to formulate and justify predictions based on cause-and-effect relationships.

      • 3 Identify simple mathematical relationships in a scientific investigation (e.g., the relationship of the density of materials that will or will not float in water to the density of water).

II Content of Science

III Science and Society

  • I Understand how scientific discoveries, inventions, practices, and knowledge influence, and are influenced by, individuals and societies.

    • I Describe how science influences decisions made by individuals and societies.

      • 1 Know that science has identified substances called pollutants that get into the environment and can be harmful to living things.

      • 2 Know that, through science and technology, a wide variety of materials not appearing in nature have become available (e.g., steel, plastic, nylon, fiber optics).

      • 3 Know that science has created ways to store and retrieve information (e.g., paper and ink, printing press, computers, CD ROMs) but that these are not perfect (e.g., faulty programming, defective hardware).

      • 4 Know that both men and women of all races and social backgrounds choose science as a career.