Science, 2009
  Grade Level:   9-12  
  EALR 2:   Inquiry  
  Big Idea:   Inquiry (INQ)  
  Core Content:   Conducting Analyses and Thinking Logically                   
  Description:   In prior grades students learned to revise questions so they can be answered scientifically. In grades 9-12 students extend and refine their understanding of the nature of inquiry and their ability to formulate questions, propose hypotheses, and design, conduct, and report on investigations. Refinement includes an increased understanding of the kinds of questions that scientists ask and how the results reflect the research methods and the criteria that scientific arguments are judged by. Increased abilities include competence in using mathematics, a closer connection between student-planned investigations and existing knowledge, improvements in communication and collaboration, and participation in a community of learners.  
  Content Standard:   9-12 INQA Question Scientists generate and evaluate questions to investigate the natural world.  
Students are expected to:
  • Generate and evaluate a question that can be answered through a scientific investigation. Critique questions generated by others and explain whether or not the questions are scientific.*a
    Mathematics Connection
  • *a    8.5.H    Make and test conjectures based on data or information collected from explorations and experiments.