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Big Idea
Consider how the processes of observation and inference contribute to answering questions.
Essential Questions
What is the difference between an observation and an inference? How can observations and inferences contribute to answering questions?
How does a scientist use observations and inferences?
How can observations and inferences contribute to answering questions?

Formulate questions based on observations that lead to the development of a hypothesis.
Analyze data obtained in a scientific investigation to identify trends.
Communicate the results of an investigation with appropriate use of qualitative and quantitative information.
Design an investigation to test individual variables using scientific processes.
Make observations and generate evidence to support an idea. share study results with others for critical review.
Content/Core Ideas
  • An observation is information gathered directly by using one or more of the five senses.
  • An inference is a logical conclusion based on observations and past experience.
Learning Practices
CC:7.LS.1  students work collaboratively to produce a series of events that an envelope has gone through.
CC:7.W.1  Journal  write a sequence of events for the envelope.
Academic Vocabulary
  • Observation
  • Inference
Mid-Summative Exam 1