Academic Standard

Embedded Inquiry
Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
Subject = Science
Science is a relentless quest for understanding how the natural world works. All of science is driven by the premise that the world is capable of being understood. Yet, scientists believe that currently accepted explanations of natural phenomena or events are never perfect or fully complete and are always amenable to revision in light of new scientific evidence. Each scientific discipline uses its distinctive tools and techniques to investigate phenomena associated with the physical, geological, or living worlds. All rely upon theories from which the development of hypotheses emerge, the collection of data, and the interpretation of evidence as the foundation for reaching logical conclusions and making reasoned predictions.Conceptual StrandUnderstandings about scientific inquiry and the ability to conduct inquiry are essential for living in the 21st century.Guiding QuestionWhat tools, skills, knowledge, and dispositions are needed to conduct scientific inquiry?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Observe the world of familiar objects using the senses and tools.
Ask questions, make logical predictions, plan investigations, and represent data.
Explain the data from an investigation.
Check For Understanding
Use senses and simple tools to make observations.
Communicate interest in simple phenomena and plan for simple investigations.
Communicate understanding of simple data using age-appropriate vocabulary.
Collect, discuss, and communicate findings from a variety of investigations.