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Types of Science Investigations

Students will distinguish between descriptive, comparative, and experimental investigations.

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Experimental Design

Given investigation scenarios and lab procedures, students will identify independent variables, dependent variables, constants, and control groups.

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Generating Different Representations of Relationships

Given problems that include data, the student will generate different representations, such as a table, graph, equation, or verbal description.

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Data Organization

Given field and laboratory scenarios and laboratory data, students will construct data tables and graphs, using repeated trials and means to organize data.

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Conclusions and Scientific Explanations

Given laboratory investigation data, students will determine the best conclusion based upon that data.

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Measurement

Given investigation quantitative data, students will determine its degree of precision and/or accuracy and causes for uncertainties in measured data.

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Approximating the Value of Irrational Numbers

Given problem situations that include pictorial representations of irrational numbers, the student will find the approximate value of the irrational numbers.

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Expressing Numbers in Scientific Notation

Given problem situations, the student will express numbers in scientific notation.

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Taxonomy Standards

Given examples, students will recognize the importance of taxonomy to the scientific community.

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Taxonomy: Major Groups

Given illustrations or descriptions, students will determine the classification of organisms into domains and kingdoms.

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Relationships Between Organisms: Food Chains, Webs, and Pyramids

Given illustrations, students will analyze the flow of matter and energy in food chains, food webs, and ecological pyramids.

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Determining if a Relationship is a Functional Relationship

The student is expected to gather and record data & use data sets to determine functional relationships between quantities.

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Graphing Dilations, Reflections, and Translations

Given a coordinate plane, the student will graph dilations, reflections, and translations, and use those graphs to solve problems.

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Graphing and Applying Coordinate Dilations

Given a coordinate plane or coordinate representations of a dilation, the student will graph dilations and use those graphs to solve problems.

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Developing the Concept of Slope

Given multiple representations of linear functions, the student will develop the concept of slope as a rate of change.

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Predicting, Finding, and Justifying Data from a Graph

Given data in the form of a graph, the student will use the graph to interpret solutions to problems.

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Solving Systems of Equations with Graphs

Given verbal and/or algebraic descriptions of situations involving systems of linear equations, the student will solve the system of equations using graphs.

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Analyzing the Effects of the Changes in "a" on the Graph y = ax^2 + c

Given verbal, graphical, or symbolic descriptions of the graph of* y = ax^2 + c*, the student will investigate, describe, and predict the effects on the graph when *a* is changed.

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Solving Quadratic Equations Using Concrete Models

Given a quadratic equation, the student will use tiles to factor and solve the equation.