Academic Standard

Embedded Inquiry
Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
No grade range
Subject = Science
Science is a relentless quest for understanding how the natural world works. All of science is driven by the premise that the world is capable of being understood. Yet, scientists believe that currently accepted explanations of natural phenomena or events are never perfect or fully complete and are always amenable to revision in light of new scientific evidence. Each scientific discipline uses its distinctive tools and techniques to investigate phenomena associated with the physical, geological, or living worlds. All rely upon theories from which the development of hypotheses emerge, the collection of data, and the interpretation of evidence as the foundation for reaching logical conclusions and making reasoned predictions.Conceptual StrandUnderstandings about scientific inquiry and the ability to conduct inquiry are essential for living in the 21st century.Guiding QuestionWhat tools, skills, knowledge, and dispositions are needed to conduct scientific inquiry?
Elements within this Standard
Course Level Expectation
Recognize that science is a progressive endeavor that reevaluates and extends what is already accepted.
Design and conduct scientific investigations to explore new phenomena, verify previous results, test how well a theory predicts, and compare opposing theories.
Use appropriate tools and technology to collect precise and accurate data.
Apply qualitative and quantitative measures to analyze data and draw conclusions that are free of bias.
Compare experimental evidence and conclusions with those drawn by others about the same testable question.
Communicate and defend scientific findings.
Check For Understanding
Develop a testable question for a scientific investigation.
Develop an experimental design for testing a hypothesis.
Select appropriate independent, dependent, or controlled variables for an experiment.
Perform an experiment to test a prediction.
Gather, organize, and transform data from an experiment into a table, graph, or diagram.
Analyze data from a table, graph, or diagram.
Analyze and interpret the results of an experiment.
Apply knowledge and data-interpretation skills to support a conclusion.
Determine whether data supports or contradicts a simple hypothesis or conclusion.
Analyze experimental results and identify possible sources of experimental error.
State a conclusion in terms of the relationship between two or more variables.
Compare the results of an experiment with what is already known about the topic under investigation.
Suggest alternative explanations for the same set of observations.
Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence.