Wyoming Science Standards

The STANDARDS CORRELATION chart suggests which Wyoming Science Standards you can cover using PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST in your classroom. We hope you will discover additional standards you can use. These are the ones our Instructional Materials Development team felt most directly related to the activities contained in PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST.

For additional Wyoming Science Standards you can cover see the STANDARDS CORRELATION chart for the following PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects:

PASSPORT TO ANTARCTICA

PASSPORT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM

PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE

LIVE FROM MARS 2001/2002

LIVE FROM MARS 2001/2002

LIVE FROM A BLACK HOLE/LIVE FROM THE EDGE OF SPACE AND TIME

Grades K-4,   Grades 5-8,   Grades 9-12

Grades K-4

Content Standard
1. Basic Concepts and Knowledge

Students develop an understanding of scientific concepts using facts, theories, principles, and models.

 

Matter and Energy

 

1. Students classify objects by properties of matter that can be observed, measured and recorded including color, shape, size, amount (mass), texture, and temperature.

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2. Students demonstrate that the processes of heating and cooling can change matter from one state to another.

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3. Students develop an awareness of physical phenomena commonly encountered in daily life including light, heat, electricity, sound, and magnetism.

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Force and Motion

 

1. Students demonstrate how pushing and pulling can change the position and motion of objects.

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Ecology

 

1. Students develop an understanding and provide examples of interdependencies of organisms within an ecosystem, including food chains and webs, weather and climate, and basic needs of food, water, air, light, shelter, and space.

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Adaptation

 

1. Students identify adaptations of plants and animals that enhance survival in the environment.

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Reproduction

 

1. Students illustrate the life cycles of plants and animals.

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Classification

 

1. Students group living and non-living objects using observable characteristics.

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Structure and Function

 

1. Students relate structure to function in plant and animal systems.

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2. Unifying Concepts and Processes
Content Standard

Students recognize patterns and processes, making connections in terms of systems and subsystems that explain the interrelationships of the natural and designed world.

 

1. Students identify patterns that are based on scientific evidence.

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2. Students recognize systems, order, and organization.

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3. Students recognize that the world is constantly changing.

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4. Students give examples of cycles and changes.

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5. Students recognize the importance of measurement.

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6. Students recognize the form of an object is related to its function.

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7. Students show connections among the science disciplines.

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3. Science as Inquiry
Content Standard

Students demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to perform scientific inquiry.

 

1. Students conduct a simple investigation to include observation and data collection.

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2. Students employ simple equipment and tools to gather data.

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3. Students analyze and interpret using simple graphs, charts, diagrams, and models to communicate results.

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4. Students conduct a simple investigation of their own questions, independently or cooperatively.

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4. Habits of Mind
Content Standard

Students develop habits of mind including curiosity, open-mindedness and persistence.

 

Students develop habits of mind that include curiosity to pursue scientific questioning, acceptance of uncertainty and current limitations in science, persistence in learning, and appreciation for the world around them.

 

Students exhibit habits of mind through behaviors that may include:

 

Acceptance of Uncertainty and Limitations
•Recognizes some questions are unanswerable
•Compares/contrasts incongruities of theories
•Recognizes multiple valid solutions

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Skepticism
•Asks questions
•Analyzes diverse viewpoints
•Does not accept things easily
•Asks for justification

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Open-mindedness
•Seeks differences and honors dissonance
•Tolerates differences in opinion
•Works effectively in a group

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Curiosity
•Asking questions
•Going beyond classroom discussion
•Bringing in outside materials

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Persistence
•Not giving up easily
•Not deterred by failure
•Undeterred by peer pressure

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Risk Taking
•Proposes novel solutions
•Answers questions
•Experiments

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Appreciation
•Expresses wonder
•Seeks connection
•Exhibits concern

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5. Communication
Content Standard

Students communicate and apply scientific concepts.

 

1. Students access scientific information from technology, text and members of the community.

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2. Students construct simple graphs, charts, diagrams, and models to communicate scientific ideas.

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3. Students communicate the relationship of science to their lives using oral, written and visual formats.

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4. Students communicate utilizing scientific vocabulary.

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6. Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Content Standard

Students apply scientific principles to personal and social issues.

 

1. Students acknowledge that they are scientists.

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2. Students recognize that stewardship of renewable and non-renewable resources is necessary for maintaining the food supply, agricultural products, and mineral resources.

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3. Students identify their personal role in stewardship, basic human needs, environmental hazards, natural disasters, and local science issues.

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7. History and Nature of Science
Content Standard

Students develop an understanding of the nature of science, its history, and science as a human endeavor.

 

1. Students provide examples of the contributions of past and present scientists.

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2. Students give examples that show how scientific ideas change over time.

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8. Science and Technology
Content Standard

Students develop skills in using technology and recognize the relationship between technology and science, including its potential and limits.

 

1. Students describe how technology affects everyday life.

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2. Students explain the relationship between technology and manís desire to solve problems and improve life.

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3. Students design a device that will solve a problem or improve the quality of life.

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9. Safety
Content Standard

Students exercise care in scientific inquiry and recognize the importance of safety.

 

1. Students exercise care and proper safety in the use of equipment and tools.

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2. Students select and use appropriate safety equipment.

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3. Students recognize hazards and appropriate safety symbols.

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4. Students observe standard safety procedures.

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5. Students exhibit responsible, appropriate conduct.

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6. Students recognize how safety issues relate to everyday life.

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Grades 5-8

1. Basic Concepts and Knowledge
Content Standard

Students develop an understanding of scientific concepts using facts, theories, principles, and models.

 

Matter and Energy

 

2. Students identify forms and uses of energy and describing transfer, conservation, and transformation of energy.

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Ecology

 

1. Students explain the interrelationships of populations and ecosystems, including:
•makeup and interdependence of populations and ecosystems
•role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in a food web
•human influences on ecosystems and the environment and role as stewards
•sunlight as the major source of energy
•limiting factors of biotic and abiotic resources
•carrying capacity, population growth, and decline.

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Adaptation

 

1. Students recognize the diversity of organisms and describe adaptations by examining similarities and differences among species, natural selection, species extinction, and fossil evidence.

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Reproduction

 

1. Students apply life cycles of organisms to explain reproduction and heredity.

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Classification

 

1. Students identify patterns to observe classification systems.

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2. Unifying Concepts and Processes
Content Standard

Students recognize patterns and processes, making connections in terms of systems and subsystems that explain the interrelationships of the natural and designed world.

 

1. Students develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using scientific evidence.

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2. Students recognize and illustrate systems, order, and organization.

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3. Students recognize evolution as change over time in relation to astronomical, geological, technological and biological systems.

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4. Students recognize how cycles, balance, constancy, and change are interrelated.

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5. Students recognize the function and importance of measurement.

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6. Students recognize that the form or structure of an object or system is related to use or function.

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7. Students recognize connections among science disciplines.

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3. Science as Inquiry
Content Standard

Students demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to perform scientific inquiry.

 

1. Students identify problems and form hypotheses.

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2. Students design and conduct scientific experiments.

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3. Students demonstrate the relationship between evidence and explanation.

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4. Students make inferences and predictions and draw conclusions based on data, observation or experimental evidence.

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5. Students describe methods, report results, and pose follow-up questions.

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4. Habits of Mind
Content Standard

Students develop habits of mind including curiosity, open-mindedness and persistence.

 

Students develop habits of mind that include curiosity to pursue scientific questioning, acceptance of uncertainty and current limitations in science, persistence in learning, and appreciation for the world around them.

 

Students exhibit habits of mind through behaviors that may include:

 

Acceptance of Uncertainty and Limitations
•Recognizes some questions are unanswerable
•Compares/contrasts incongruities of theories
•Recognizes multiple valid solutions

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Skepticism
•Asks questions
•Analyzes diverse viewpoints
•Does not accept things easily
•Asks for justification

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Open-mindedness
•Seeks differences and honors dissonance
•Tolerates differences in opinion
•Works effectively in a group

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Curiosity
•Asking questions
•Going beyond classroom discussion
•Bringing in outside materials

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Persistence
•Not giving up easily
•Not deterred by failure
•Undeterred by peer pressure

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Risk Taking
•Proposes novel solutions
•Answers questions
•Experiments

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Appreciation
•Expresses wonder
•Seeks connection
•Exhibits concern

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5. Communication
Content Standard

Students communicate and apply scientific concepts.

 

1. Students research scientific information using a variety of sources including technological, written, and human resources.

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2. Students use scientific vocabulary, mathematics and technology to communicate information and results through oral, written and visual formats.

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6. Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Content Standard

Students apply scientific principles to personal and social issues.

 

1. Students consider a cause and effect with regard to personal and community health, population growth, natural resources, and environmental quality.

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2. Students exhibit ethical awareness to recognize the nature and characteristics of science and technology.

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3. Students explore options for a career in scientific or technical fields.

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4. Students apply the interdisciplinary relationships of science to social, economic, and political issues.

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7. History and Nature of Science
Content Standard

Students develop an understanding of the nature of science, its history, and science as a human endeavor.

 

1. Students recognize science as a dynamic process.

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2. Students describe scientific contributions made by men and women in varying cultures, times, and settings.

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3. Students describe scientific contributions to society.

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4. Students recognize that new ideas have not always been readily accepted by the scientific community and society.

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5. Students explain how scientists go about their work and frequently question each otherís findings.

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6. Students recognize that scientific knowledge changes and grows over time, building on earlier knowledge.

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8. Science and Technology
Content Standard

Students develop skills in using technology and recognize the relationship between technology and science, including its potential and limits.

 

1. Students examine and identify the interrelationship between science and technology, i.e., meeting human needs, solving human problems, and creating new products.

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2. Students demonstrate abilities of technological design.

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3. Students recognize the role of technology.

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4. Students use current tools of technology.

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9. Safety
Content Standard

Students exercise care in scientific inquiry and recognize the importance of safety.

 

1. Students incorporate and maintain safety in the design and execution of scientific investigation.

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2. Students select and use appropriate safety equipment.

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3. Students recognize hazards and appropriate safety symbols.

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4. Students observe standard safety procedures.

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5. Students exhibit responsible, appropriate conduct.

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6. Students apply knowledge of safety techniques to life situations.

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Grades 9-12

1. Basic Concepts and Knowledge
Content Standard

Students develop an understanding of scientific concepts using facts, theories, principles, and models.

 

Ecology

 

1. Students recognize, explain, and correlate the interdependence of organisms.

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2. Students describe the origin, limitations, and conservation of natural resources, to include examples of Wyoming resources.

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Adaptation

 

1. Students identify and describe evolutionary changes relative to earth/space, physical, and biological systems.

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2. Students identify, interpret, and correlate the behaviors and adaptations of organisms in the environment.

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Classification

 

1. Students develop and use classification systems.

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2. Unifying Concepts and Processes
Content Standard

Students recognize patterns and processes, making connections in terms of systems and subsystems that explain the interrelationships of the natural and designed world.

 

1. Students apply scientific evidence to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models.

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2. Students compare and analyze systems, order, and organization.

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3. Students recognize that present forms are the result of physical and biological changes over time.

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4. Students describe and analyze cycles, balance, constancy, and change in rate, scale, and pattern.

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5. Students recognize the function and importance of measurement.

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6. Students explain function by referring to form and explain form by referring to function.

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7. Students make connections among the science disciplines.

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3. Science as Inquiry
Content Standard

Students demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to perform scientific inquiry.

 

1. Students design and conduct scientific experiments.

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2. Students access, organize, synthesize, evaluate, and apply information to solve problems involving multiple variables and solutions.

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3. Students formulate and revise personal theories and models using logic and evidence.

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4. Students distinguish among hypotheses, theories, laws, postulates, and models.

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5. Students recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models.

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4. Habits of Mind
Content Standard

Students develop habits of mind including curiosity, open-mindedness and persistence.

 

Students develop habits of mind that include curiosity to pursue scientific questioning, acceptance of uncertainty and current limitations in science, persistence in learning, and appreciation for the world around them.

 

Students exhibit habits of mind through behaviors that may include:

 

Acceptance of Uncertainty and Limitations
•Recognizes some questions are unanswerable
•Compares/contrasts incongruities of theories
•Recognizes multiple valid solutions

video
hands-on
online

Skepticism
•Asks questions
•Analyzes diverse viewpoints
•Does not accept things easily
Asks for justification

video
hands-on
online

Open-mindedness
•Seeks differences and honors dissonance
•Tolerates differences in opinion
•Works effectively in a group

video
hands-on
online

Curiosity
•Asking questions
•Going beyond classroom discussion
vBringing in outside materials

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hands-on
online

Persistence
•Not giving up easily
•Not deterred by failure
•Undeterred by peer pressure

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hands-on
online

Risk Taking
•Proposes novel solutions
•Answers questions
•Experiments

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hands-on
online

Appreciation
•Expresses wonder
•Seeks connection
•Exhibits concern

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5. Communication
Content Standard

Students communicate and apply scientific concepts.

 

1. Students research scientific information through written, technological, and expert sources.

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2. Students communicate scientific information and results through formal and informal laboratory reports using technical writing.

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3. Students use scientific vocabulary, mathematics, and technology to communicate information via oral, written, and visual means.

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Students apply scientific principles to personal and social issues.

 

1. Students explain cause and effect with regard to personal and community health, population change, the use and non-use of natural resources, and environmental quality.

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2. Students recognize the nature, characteristics, and limitations of science and technology.

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3. Students explore options for a career in scientific or technical fields.

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4. Students explain the interdisciplinary connections of science to social, economic, and political issues to include examples of Wyoming issues.

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7. History and Nature of Science
Content Standard

Students develop an understanding of the nature of science, its history, and science as a human endeavor.

 

1. Students describe historical development of scientific thoughts and principles contributed by diverse cultures and significant individuals.

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2. Students recognize that scientific knowledge is acquired through the use of empirical data, logical arguments, and skepticism.

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3. Students explain that scientific knowledge changes by evolving over time, often building on earlier knowledge.

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8. Science and Technology
Content Standard

Students develop skills in using technology and recognize the relationship between technology and science, including its potential and limits.

 

1. Students use science principles and skills to develop technological design and projects.

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2. Students explain the relationship among science, mathematics, and technology.

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3. Students identify which solutions created by scientific endeavor are most useful in light of socio-economic factors, environmental risks, practicality, and other considerations to include Wyoming examples.

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4. Students select and use the tools of technology in science.

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5. Students recognize that technology plays a key and rapidly increasing role in scientific inquiry, and the results of scientific inquiry play a key role in advancing technology.

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6. Students recognize the potential and limits of technology in its relationship with science.

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9. Safety
Content Standard

Students exercise care in scientific inquiry and recognize the importance of safety.

 

1. Students select, identify, and properly use scientific equipment.

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2. Students select and use appropriate safety equipment.

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3. Students recognize hazards and appropriate safety symbols.

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4. Students observe standard safety procedures.

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5. Students exhibit responsible, appropriate conduct.

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6. Students transfer and apply safety. knowledge, and techniques to daily lives.

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