We have aligned activities with the revised Maine Learning Results that will be used in classrooms starting September 2008.

B. The Skills and Traits of Scientific Inquiry and Technological Design
1. Skills and Traits of Scientific Inquiry: Students plan, conduct, analyze data from, and communicate results of investigations, including simple experiments.

a. Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.

Questions: Based on observations that students made of their field site, they brainstorm questions that could be asked and select a few to focus on and answer through scientific investigations.
b. Design and safely conduct scientific investigations including experiments with controlled variables.
Data Collection: Students determine the types of data they need to collect in order to answer their questions.
c. Use appropriate tools, metric units, and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
Data Collection: Students use various tools to collect data from their field site, to be later analyzed in the classroom.
d. Use mathematics to gather, organize, and present data and structure convincing explanations.
Analyze Data: Students use graphs and maps to analyze the data that they have collected in the field and to draw conclusions to their questions.
e. Use logic, critical reasoning and evidence to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models.
Watershed: Students use maps to model their connection to the Gulf of Maine through the watershed.
Identify: Students describe, and possibly identify, specimens collected at their study sites.
Analyze Data: Students use the data they have collected to describe their study site.
Share Data: Students create products that describe their study sites.
f. Communicate, critique, and analyze their own scientific work and the work of other students.
Throughout these activities, students are encouraged to work in teams and give each other feedback and share ideas.
Scientific Method: Students work in teams to analyze their hypothesis and conclusions and refine their work.
Identify: Students are asked to identify specimens based on their fellow students' descriptons of them.
Share Data: Students share their work with each other and with students from across the state.

C. The Scientific and Technological Enterprise
1. Understandings of Inquiry: Students describe how scientists use varied and systematic approaches to investigations that may lead to further investigations.

a. Explain how the type of question informs the type of investigation.

Questions: Students form questions and then have to determine the what information they need to collect in order to answer them.
b. Explain why it is important to identify and control variables and replicate trials in experiments.
Analyze Data: Students analyze data from multiple readings taken at their study sites. They observe how reading/measurements of the same thing can vary from person to person.
c. Describe how scientists’ analysis of findings can lead to new investigations.
Throughout these activities, student may come up with new questions based on their observations or the data they have collected.