Second grade is off to a great start. We have already begun reading some great books and learning about some of the best authors. Some of our favorites include Jane Yolen, Mary Pope Osborne, David Adler, and Judy Blume. Second grade students are also discovering different genres of literature. We have set a reading goal of 100 books! We are applying what we learn from these amazing authors to our own writing skills. Second grade is learning to incorporate all five senses into their written expression. Second grade students have been visiting our amazing science lab. They have been learning all about the properties and states of matter. They made several hypotheses to test with a partner. They found out what happens to the salt in saltwater after the water evaporates. They melted ice and boiled water to watch a balloon inflate. They also tested what pigments are in a black marker with the help of chromatography paper. This week we will be traveling through the water cycle with an ozobot. The students are looking forward to using technology to learn more about our environment. We have extended the study of our environment in our social studies lessons by learning about communities. They have explored the difference between urban, suburban, and rural. We all agree that our suburban community here at NEMJDS is the best!