New York State MST Science Standards
Key Idea 1: The central purpose of scientific inquiry is to develop explanations of natural phenomena in a continuing, creative process.
S1.1 Ask "why" questions in attempts to seek greater understanding concerning objects and events they have observed and heard about. S1.1a Observe and discuss objects and events and record observations
S1.1b Articulate appropriate questions based on observations
S1.2 Question the explanations they hear from others and read about, seeking clarification and comparing them with their own observations and understandings.
S1.2a Identify similarities and differences between explanations received from others or in print and personal observations or understandings
S1.3 Develop relationships among observations to construct descriptions of objects and events and to form their own tentative explanations of what they have observed.
S1.3a Clearly express a tentative explanation or description which can be tested