Second Grade Science objectives build upon the early stages of experimentation and maintenance of natural curiosity. Through a progressive rigorous, integrated approach, the inquiry-based program of study blends science and 21st century skills and provides students opportunities to demonstrate scientific literacy 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. The content focus develops early problem-solving skills through observing, experimenting and concluding. Students use safe and proper techniques for handling, manipulating, and caring for science materials and treating living organisms humanely. Second Grade Science intentionally supports developmental and academic growth.