New Mexico Standards
NM.I. Scientific Thinking and Practice: Understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting, and validating to think critically.
I-A. Use scientific methods to develop questions, design and conduct experiments using appropriate technologies, analyze and evaluate results, make predictions, and communicate findings.
I-A.1a. Plan and conduct investigations, including formulating testable questions, making systematic observations, developing logical conclusions, and communicating findings.
I-A.2a. Use appropriate technologies (e.g., calculators, computers, balances, spring scales, microscopes) to perform scientific tests and to collect and display data.
I-A.3a. Use graphic representations (e.g., charts, graphs, tables, labeled diagrams) to present data and produce explanations for investigations.
I-A.4a. Describe how credible scientific investigations use reproducible elements including single variables, controls, and appropriate sample sizes to produce valid scientific results.
I-B. Understand the processes of scientific investigation and how scientific inquiry results in scientific knowledge.
I-B.1a. Understand that different kinds of investigations are used to answer different kinds of questions (e.g., observations, data collection, controlled experiments).
I-B.2a. Understand that scientific conclusions are subject to peer and public review.
I-C. Use mathematical ideas, tools, and techniques to understand scientific knowledge.
I-C.1a. Use appropriate units to make precise and varied measurements.
I-C.2a. Use mathematical skills to analyze data.
I-C.3a. Make predictions based on analyses of data, observations, and explanations.
I-C.4a. Understand the attributes to be measured in a scientific investigation and describe the units, systems, and processes for making the measurement.
NM.II. Content of Science: Life Science: Understand the properties, structures, and processes of living things and the interdependence of living things and their environments.
II-C. Understand the structure of organisms and the function of cells in living systems.
II-C.1a. Understand that all living organisms are composed of cells from one to many trillions, and that cells are usually only visible through a microscope.