The second graders have taken a deep dive into the scientific method and are honing their scientific writing skills. They have completed several science experiments, both in the classroom and in the lab, focused on erosion, weathering, tectonic plates, earthquakes, and volcanoes. They followed the process of asking a question about how the world works, recording a hypothesis, writing a detailed procedure, recording results, and writing a conclusion. Through these inquiries, they have had to work on their non-fiction reading and writing skills. They are gaining strategies in order to ‘read to learn,’ such as using a glossary to learn new lingo. Some of the new vocabulary we’ve learned includes: crust, magma, mantle, inner and outer core, tectonic plates, erosion, weathering, landforms, and compass rose. The students have enjoyed seeing the connections between science, reading, writing, social studies, and even their local community. If you’re interested in learning more about how the Earth formed and has changed over time, ask a second grader!