Science 1 extends students’ exploration of the natural world. Along the way, they practice making predictions and observations, experimenting, and using scientific tools and problem-solving skills. Students investigate ecosystems and habitats, identifying the five basic needs of all living things, the importance of natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and the environment. They examine the agricultural system and its products and by-products. This course also introduces the water cycle and the Earth as a body in space. Students observe matter and describe its properties and states, and they discover the properties of light and sound. Study of force and motion enable them to define the terms and explain the effect of different amounts of force and also how moving objects stop. Finally, students develop their ability to distinguish fact from opinion and recognize the relation of cause and effect. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.