First Grade Science objectives build on the process skills and add data gathering and reporting. Through a progressive rigorous, inquiry-based program of study, all students demonstrate scientific literacy and the use of 21st century skills in the fields of life science, physical science, and earth and space sciences. By engaging in active inquiries, investigations and hands-on activities throughout the instructional day, students focus on the major themes of science: systems, changes, and models in order to develop conceptual understanding and research skills as described in the objectives. Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science objectives are integrated throughout instruction as students define problems and design solutions related to the course objectives. Students use safe and proper techniques for handling, manipulating, caring for science materials, and treating living organisms humanely. The content develops early problem-solving skills through observing, experimenting and concluding. First Grade Science intentionally supports developmental and academic growth.