Appendix A
Excerpts from the National Science Education Standards

APPENDIX A-1
FUNDAMENTAL ABILITIES OF INQUIRY: GRADES K-4

Ability

Elaboration

• Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment.

This aspect of the standard emphasizes students asking questions that they can answer with scientific knowledge, combined with their own observations. Students should answer their questions by seeking information from reliable sources of scientific information and from their own observations and investigations.

• Plan and conduct a simple investigation.

In the earliest years, investigations are largely based on systematic obser vations. As students develop, they may design and conduct simple experiments to answer questions. The idea of a fair test is possible for many students to consider by fourth grade.



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