Science 2 encourages students to make sense of the world around them by observing and experimenting. Through focused readings and hands-on activities, students explore matter, energy, and physical and chemical changes. They study interdependence in ecosystems, such as the role of bees in pollination and the use and conservation of natural resources. They look beyond food production to the broader purposes of agriculture and recognize the importance of local farms to human society. Students examine the water cycle—including evaporation and condensation—and the life cycles of such living things as frogs, butterflies, and plants. They research topics and formulate questions, make predictions, and then use scientific tools to observe and measure their experiments. By distinguishing fact from opinion and recognizing patterns and cause and effect, students develop the ability to make inferences and communicate their findings. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.