Essential Understandings

Unit 1-Science of Life Essential Understandings

  1. Asks questions and states hypotheses using prior scientific knowledge to help design and guide development and implementation of a scientific investigation.
  2. Designs and conducts scientific investigations.
  3. Appropriately selects and safely uses tools (including laboratory materials, equipment, technology, and electronic resources) to conduct scientific investigations.
  4. Identifies major sources of error or uncertainly within an investigations (e.g., particular measuring devices and experimental procedures).
  5. Communicates and evaluates scientific thinking that leads to particular conclusions.
  6. Recognizes and analyzes alternative explanations (hypotheses) and models.
  7. Understands, describes, and demonstrates that living things are diverse, but all living things share common physical, genetic, and molecular characteristics, all of which are evidence of common ancestry.