In science, a special emphasis is placed on the research process in all grades. This includes making decisions about the generation and testing of ideas; prediction, measurement, data collection and representation; evaluation of sources of information; collaborative investigation; interpretation and communication of findings; evaluation and verification of findings and considerations relating to the social context of research. Earth Science is a study of the interrelationships between the Earth’s composition, structure, processes and history, its atmosphere, meteorology, and astronomy. Various scientists and their contributions are studied. Students interpret various maps, charts, and tables, and utilize technology to organize and analyze data. Facility in using many different kinds of maps and graphics is a major outcome of learning Earth Science. Students also consider costs and benefits of using the Earth’s resources in problem solving situations.
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