• Science Poster

    NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

    ASK QUESTIONS AND DEFINE PROBLEMS

    • Formulate empirically answerable questions
    • Establish what is already known
    • Determine what questions have yet to be answered
    • Define constraints and specifications for a solution

    DEVELOP AND USE MODELS

    • Construct mental and conceptual models to represent and understand phenomena
    • Use models to explain and predict behaviors of systems, or test a design
    • Refine my models in light of new empirical evidence

    PLAN AND CARRY OUT INVESTIGATIONS

    • Identify questions to be investigated
    • Identify variables and controls
    • Design and perform experiments to test my hypotheses
    • Decide what data will be collected and how much, and what tools are needed

    ANALYZE AND INTERPRET DATA

    • Use tables, graphs, spreadsheets, etc. to display and analyze data
    • Recognize patterns in data and see relationships between variables
    • Revise my initial hypothesis when the data doesn’t support it
    • Analyze performance of a design under a range of conditions

    USE MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL THINKING

    • Use mathematics and statistics to analyze data
    • Express relationships between variables by writing mathematical models or equations
    • Use technology to collect and analyze data
    • Use mathematical models and computer simulations to test my predictions and designs

    CONSTRUCT EXPLANATIONS AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS

    • Evaluate information and form hypotheses
    • Construct explanations or models of phenomena
    • Design a variety of solutions to a problem

    ENGAGE IN AN ARGUMENT FROM EVIDENCE

    • Defend my explanation
    • Formulate evidence based on solid data
    • Examine my own understanding in light of the evidence
    • Collaborate with my peers in searching for the best explanation

    OBTAIN, EVALUATE AND COMMUNICATE INFORMATION

    • Communicate findings clearly and persuasively
    • Derive meaning from scientific text
    • Engage in discussions with scientific peers
    • Evaluate the validity of the findings of others