General Skills

i.follow safety procedures in the classroom, laboratory, and field

ii. safely and accurately use the following tools:

•hand lens

•ruler (metric)

•balance

•gram weights

•spring scale

•thermometer (C °,F °)

•measuring cups

•graduated cylinder

•timepiece(s)

iii.develop an appreciation of and respect for all learning environments (classroom, laboratory, field,etc.)

iv.manipulate materials through teacher direction and free discovery

v. use information systems appropriately

vi. select appropriate standard and nonstandard measurement tools for measurement activities

vii .estimate,find, and communicate measurements, using standard and nonstandard units

viii.use and record appropriate units for measured or calculated values

ix.order and sequence objects and/or events

x.classify objects according to an established scheme

xi.generate a scheme for classification

xii.utilize senses optimally for making observations

xiii.observe, analyze, and report observations of objects and events

xiv.observe, identify, and communicate patterns

xv.observe,identify,and communicate cause-and-effect relationships

xvi.generate appropriate questions (teacher and student based)in response to observations, events,and other experiences

xvii.observe, collect,organize,and appropriately record data, then accurately interpret results

xviii.collect and organize data, choosing the appropriate representation:

•journal entries

•graphic representations

•drawings/pictorial representations

xix. make predictions based on prior experiences and/or information

xx. compare and contrast organisms/objects/events in the living and physical environments

xxi.identify and control variables/factors

xxii.plan,design,and implement a short-term and long-term investigation based on a student-or teacher-posed problem

xxiii.communicate procedures and conclusions through oral and written presentations