Science Learning Targets
Investigation 3:  Space Science



  • I can explain how telescopes aid scientists in the field of astronomy.


  • I can describe the two types of optical telescopes and how they work.


  • I can describe the types of radiation (besides visible light) scientists use to study stars and other celestial bodies. 


  • I can summarize space exploration and the findings gained for them.


  • I can identify the basic needs of humans when they travel to space.


  • I can explain why earth sustains life while other planets do not based on their properties (type of surface, atmosphere, and gravitational force) and location relative to the sun.


  • I can describe the needs humans have when considering living on another planet.


  • I can explain why the moon has different phases, what those phases are, and how long it takes to complete one cycle.


  • I can model what happens during a lunar eclipse and what causes it.


  • I can model what happens during a solar eclipse and what causes it.


  • I can demonstrate how the relative positions of the sun, moon, and earth effect the tides.


  • I can explain the difference in high tide and low tide.


  • I can demonstrate how tides are cyclical and therefore predictable.


  • I can explain how the relative motion and relative position of the sun, earth, and moon effect the seasons.


Investigation 2: Earth's Composition/Tectonics



·        I can explain what tectonic plates are and what causes them to move.



·        I can name the natural processes that occur as a result of tectonic plate movement.



·        I can list three primary types of plate boundaries and what landforms do they cause.



·        I can explain how the rock cycle and tectonic action are related.



·        I can list and give information (position, composition, density) about the compositional layers of Earth’s interior.



Investigation 1: Safety/Scientific Method 



       ·        I can list the major safety guidelines for use during lab sessions.



·        I can model appropriate safe behaviors during science labs.



·        I can identify and state a problem in a scientific investigation.



·        I can form and state a hypothesis for a scientific problem.



·        I can list and assemble acceptable materials for a scientific inquiry.



·        I can create and follow procedures for scientific investigation.



·        I can make and record observations/results as I conduct an experiment.



·        I can evaluate whether my hypothesis was correct and tell what the inquiry demonstrated.



·        I can form a conclusion based on my evaluation.







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