Elementary Reflecting Benchmarks

Benchmark 1
Develop an awareness of the need for evidence in making decisions scientifically.

Benchmark Clarification

In the scientific world, decisions must be based on factual evidence that can be replicated.

Students will determine if an explanation is supported by factual data, personal opinion, naïve statement, or misconception.

Key Concept
Observation; (K-2)

Data, evidence, sample, fact, opinion. (3-5)

Real World Context
Deciding whether an explanation is supported by evidence gathered in simple experiments, or relies on personal opinion

Benchmark 2

Show how science concepts can be illustrated through creative expression such as language arts and fine arts.

Benchmark Clarification

Creative expressions can be used to build and support science concepts. Students will use creative expression to interpret a science concept through poetry, music, murals, illustrations and movement. For example:

* Rainbow Poem
* Rhythm Band
* Spring Dance
* Mural of the Seasons

Key Concept

* Poetry
* Expository work
* Painting
* Drawing
* Music
* Diagrams
* Graphs
* Charts

Real World Context
Explaining simple experiments using paintings and drawings; describing natural phenomena scientifically and poetically