APPENDIX A-2
FUNDAMENTAL UNDERSTANDINGS OF INQUIRY GRADES K-4

Understanding

Elaboration

• Scientific investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing the answer with what scientists already know about the world.

 

• Scientists use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they are trying to answer.

Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting).

• Simple instruments, such as magnifiers, thermometers, and rulers, provide more information than scientists obtain using only their senses.

 

• Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge).

Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations.

• Scientists make the results of their investigations public; they describe the investigations in ways that enable others to repeat the investigations.

 

• Scientists review and ask questions about the results of other scientists’ work.

 



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