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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Teaching Resources

Science 6.3

Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving to make informed decisions and knows the contributions of relevant scientists. The student is expected to: (A) analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student; (B) use models to represent aspects of the natural world such as a model of Earth's layers; (C) identify advantages and limitations of models such as size, scale, properties, and materials; and (D) relate the impact of research on scientific thought and society, including the history of science and contributions of scientists as related to the content.