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Students make observations, examine data, and form hypotheses about a set of footprints and what they can tell us.

Heindel, Sharon


Nature and Process of Science

Two 40-minute periods

Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Scientists base their ideas on evidence from the natural world. (P3)

  • Scientific ideas may change with new evidence. (NOS3)

  • Scientists look for patterns in what they observe. (P2, P4, P5, NOS2)

  • Scientists don't always agree with one another. (P7)

  • Scientists explain their ideas and evidence to one another. (P7, P8)

  • Scientists work together.

  • Problem-solving and decision-making benefit from a scientific approach.

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