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Skills available for Wisconsin fourth-grade science standards

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SCI.SEP1 Students ask questions and define problems, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP1.A Asking Questions

    • SCI.SEP1.A.3-5 Students ask questions that specify qualitative relationships. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP1.A.3-5.1 Ask questions about what would happen if a variable is changed.

      • SCI.SEP1.A.3-5.2 Identify scientific (testable) and non-scientific (non-testable) questions.

      • SCI.SEP1.A.3-5.3 Ask questions that can be investigated and predict reasonable outcomes based on patterns such as cause and effect relationships.

  • SCI.SEP1.B Defining Problems

    • SCI.SEP1.B.3-5 Students use prior knowledge to describe and define simple design problems that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process, or system. They include several criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

SCI.SEP2 Students develop and use models, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP2.A Developing Models

    • SCI.SEP2.A.3-5 Students build and revise simple models and use models to represent events and design solutions. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP2.A.3-5.1 Identify limitations of models.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.3-5.2 Collaboratively develop and/or revise a model based on evidence that shows the relationships among variables for frequent and regular occurring events.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.3-5.3 Develop a model using an analogy, example, or abstract representation to describe a scientific principle or design solution.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.3-5.4 Develop and/or use models to describe or predict phenomena.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.3-5.5 Develop a diagram or simple physical prototype to convey a proposed object, tool, or process.

      • SCI.SEP2.A.3-5.6 Use a model to test cause and effect relationships or interactions concerning the functioning of a natural or designed system.

SCI.SEP3 Students plan and carry out investigations, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP4 Students analyze and interpret data, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP5 Students use mathematics and computational thinking, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP6 Students construct explanations and design solutions, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

SCI.SEP7 Students engage in argument from evidence, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP7.A Argue from Evidence

    • SCI.SEP7.A.3-5 Students critique the scientific explanations or solutions proposed by peers by citing relevant evidence about the natural and designed world. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP7.A.3-5.1 Compare and refine arguments based on an evaluation of the evidence presented.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.3-5.2 Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in an explanation.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.3-5.3 Respectfully provide and receive critiques from peers about a proposed procedure, explanation, or model by citing relevant evidence and posing specific questions.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.3-5.4 Construct and/or support an argument with evidence, data, or a model.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.3-5.5 Use data to evaluate claims about cause and effect.

      • SCI.SEP7.A.3-5.6 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem by citing relevant evidence about how it meets the criteria and constraints of the problem.

SCI.SEP8 Students will obtain, evaluate and communicate information, in conjunction with using crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, to make sense of phenomena and solve problems.

  • SCI.SEP8.A Obtain, Evaluate, and Communicate Information

    • SCI.SEP8.A.3-5 Students evaluate the merit and accuracy of ideas and methods. This includes the following:

      • SCI.SEP8.A.3-5.1 Read and comprehend grade-appropriate complex texts and other reliable media to summarize and obtain scientific and technical ideas, and describe how they are supported by evidence.

      • SCI.SEP8.A.3-5.2 Compare and/or combine information across complex texts and other reliable media to support the engagement in scientific and engineering practices.

      • SCI.SEP8.A.3-5.3 Combine information in written text with that contained in corresponding tables, diagrams, or charts to support the engagement in other scientific and engineering practices.

      • SCI.SEP8.A.3-5.4 Obtain and combine information from books or other reliable media to explain phenomena or solutions to a design problem.

      • SCI.SEP8.A.3-5.5 Communicate scientific and technical information orally or in written formats, including various forms of media, which may include tables, diagrams, and charts.