A RECOMMENDED SCIENCE PROCESS SKILLS COMPETENCY CONTINUUM
PROCESSES OF SCIENCE:
Each indicator is one of many behavioral examples which may be used to assess student competency. Others may be used to fit students' needs.
The student will :
a. observe objects or events in a variety of ways using one or more of the senses.
b. identify properties of an object, i.e., shape, color, size, and texture.
c. use indirect methods, i.e., hand lenses, microscopes, thermometers, to observe objects and events.
d. observe objects or events by counting, comparing, estimating, and measuring.
a. identify properties useful for classifying objects
b. group objects by their properties or similarities and differences.
c. construct and use classification systems.
a. suggest explanations for events based on observations.
b. distinguish between an observation and an inference.
a. forecast a future event based on prior experience, i.e., observations, inferences, or experiments.
a. compare and order objects by length, area, weight, volume, etc.
b. measure properties of objects or events by using standardized units of measure.
c. measure volume, mass, weight, temperature, area, length, and time, using appropriate units and appropriate measuring instruments.
a. construct and use written reports, diagrams, graphs, or charts to transmit information learned from science experiences.
b. verbally ask questions about , discuss, explain, or report observations.
c. after an investigation, report the question tested, the experimental design used, results, and conclusions drawn, using tables and graphs where appropriate.
a. describe an object's position i.e., above, below, beside, etc., in relation to other objects.
b. describe the motion, direction, spatial arrangement, symmetry, and shape of an object compared to another object.
a. state definitions of objects or events in terms of what the object
or what is occurring in the event.