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
Explore different scientific phenomena by asking questions, making logical predictions, planning investigations, and recording data.
Select and use appropriate tools and simple equipment to conduct an investigation.
Organize data into appropriate tables, graphs, drawings, or diagrams.
Identify and interpret simple patterns of evidence to communicate the findings of multiple investigations.
Recognize that people may interpret the same results in different ways.
Compare the results of an investigation with what scientists already accept about this question.
Check For Understanding
Identify specific investigations that could be used to answer a particular question and identify reasons for this choice.
Identify tools needed to investigate specific questions.
Maintain a science notebook that includes observations, data, diagrams, and explanations.
Analyze and communicate findings from multiple investigations of similar phenomena to reach a conclusion.
State Performance Indicator
Select an investigation that could be used to answer a specific question.