A Students in Wisconsin will understand that there are unifying themes: systems, order, organization, and interactions; evidence, models, and explanations; constancy, change, and measurement; evolution, equilibrium, and energy; form and function among scientific disciplines.
A.4.1 When conducting science investigations, ask and answer questions that will help decide the general areas of science being addressed
A.4.2 When faced with a science-related problem, decide what evidence, models, or explanations previously studied can be used to better understand what is happening now
A.4.3 When investigating a science-related problem, decide what data can be collected to determine the most useful explanations
A.4.4 When studying science-related problems, decide which of the science themes are important
A.4.5 When studying a science-related problem, decide what changes over time are occurring or have occurred
B Students in Wisconsin will understand that science is ongoing and inventive, and that scientific understandings have changed over time as new evidence is found.
B.4.1 Use encyclopedias, source books, texts, computers, teachers, parents, other adults, journals, popular press, and various other sources, to help answer science-related questions and plan investigations
B.4.2 Acquire information about people who have contributed to the development of major ideas in the sciences and learn about the cultures in which these people lived and worked
B.4.3 Show how the major developments of scientific knowledge in the earth and space, life and environmental, and physical sciences have changed over time
C Students in Wisconsin will investigate questions using scientific methods and tools, revise their personal understanding to accommodate knowledge, and communicate these understandings to others.
C.4.1 Use the vocabulary of the unifying themes to ask questions about objects, organisms, and events being studied
C.4.2 Use the science content being learned to ask questions, plan investigations, make observations, make predictions, and offer explanations
C.4.3 Select multiple sources of information to help answer questions selected for classroom investigations
C.4.4 Use simple science equipment safely and effectively, including rulers, balances, graduated cylinders, hand lenses, thermometers, and computers, to collect data relevant to questions and investigations
C.4.8 Ask additional questions that might help focus or further an investigation
D Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of matter, the forms and properties of energy, and the ways in which matter and energy interact.
Properties of Earth Materials
D.4.1 Understand that objects are made of more than one substance, by observing, describing and measuring the properties of earth materials, including properties of size, weight, shape, color, temperature, and the ability to react with other substances
D.4.8 Ask questions and make observations to discover the differences between substances that can be touched (matter) and substances that cannot be touched (forms of energy, light, heat, electricity, sound, and magnetism)
E.4.7 Using the science themes, describe resources used in the home, community, and nation as a whole
E.4.8 Illustrate human resources use in mining, forestry, farming, and manufacturing in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the world
F Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and structures of living things, the processes of life, and how living things interact with one another and their environment.
The Characteristics of Organisms
F.4.1 Discover how each organism meets its basic needs for water, nutrients, protection, and energy in order to survive
G Students in Wisconsin will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between science and technology and the ways in which that relationship influences human activities.
G.4.1 Identify the technology used by someone employed in a job or position in Wisconsin and explain how the technology helps
G.4.2 Discover what changes in technology have occurred in a career chosen by a parent, grandparent, or an adult friend over a long period of time
G.4.3 Determine what science discoveries have led to changes in technologies that are being used in the workplace by someone employed locally
G.4.4 Identify the combinations of simple machines in a device used in the home, the workplace, or elsewhere in the community, to make or repair things, or to move goods or people
G.4.5 Ask questions to find answers about how devices and machines were invented and produced
H Students in Wisconsin will use scientific information and skills to make decisions about themselves, Wisconsin, and the world in which they live.
H.4.1 Describe how science and technology have helped, and in some cases hindered, progress in providing better food, more rapid information, quicker and safer transportation, and more effective health care
H.4.2 Using the science themes, identify local and state issues that are helped by science and technology and explain how science and technology can also cause a problem