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NJ World Class Standards
Content Area: Science

Content Area

Science

Standard

5.1 Science Practices: All students will understand that science is both a body of knowledge and an evidence-based, model-building enterprise that continually extends, refines, and revises knowledge. The four Science Practices strands encompass the knowledge and reasoning skills that students must acquire to be proficient in science.

Strand

A. Understand Scientific Explanations: Students understand core concepts and principles of science and use measurement and observation tools to assist in categorizing, representing, and interpreting the natural and designed world.

By the end of grade

Content Statement

CPI#

Cumulative Progress Indicator (CPI)

P

Who, what, when, where, why, and how questions form the basis for young learners’ investigations during sensory explorations, experimentation, and focused inquiry.

5.1.P.A.1

Display curiosity about science objects, materials, activities, and longer-term investigations in progress.

4

Fundamental scientific concepts and principles and the links between them are more useful than discrete facts.

5.1.4.A.1

Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships among fundamental concepts in the physical, life, and Earth systems sciences.

4

Connections developed between fundamental concepts are used to explain, interpret, build, and refine explanations, models, and theories.

5.1.4.A.2

Use outcomes of investigations to build and refine questions, models, and explanations.

4

Outcomes of investigations are used to build and refine questions, models, and explanations.

5.1.4.A.3

Use scientific facts, measurements, observations, and patterns in nature to build and critique scientific arguments.

8

Core scientific concepts and principles represent the conceptual basis for model-building and facilitate the generation of new and productive questions.

5.1.8.A.1

Demonstrate understanding and use interrelationships among central scientific concepts to revise explanations and to consider alternative explanations.

8

Results of observation and measurement can be used to build conceptual-based models and to search for core explanations.

5.1.8.A.2

Use mathematical, physical, and computational tools to build conceptual-based models and to pose theories.

8

Predictions and explanations are revised based on systematic observations, accurate measurements, and structured data/evidence.

5.1.8.A.3

Use scientific principles and models to frame and synthesize scientific arguments and pose theories.

12

Mathematical, physical, and computational tools are used to search for and explain core scientific concepts and principles.

5.1.12.A.1

Refine interrelationships among concepts and patterns of evidence found in different central scientific explanations.

12

Interpretation and manipulation of evidence-based models are used to build and critique arguments/explanations.

5.1.12.A.2

Develop and use mathematical, physical, and computational tools to build evidence-based models and to pose theories.

12

Revisions of predictions and explanations are based on systematic observations, accurate measurements, and structured data/evidence.

5.1.12.A.3

Use scientific principles and theories to build and refine standards for data collection, posing controls, and presenting evidence.