This past week, students at Glenmont Elementary School were given the chance to hear from Dr. Jody Wheeler-Toppen, a renowned science author and educator. She presented two different presentations tailored to specific grade levels. For kindergarten through second graders, she spoke about “How a Worm Got into a Book,” which focused on the anatomy of a worm and the significance of revision in writing. Students had the opportunity to interact with live worms and ask research questions to expand their knowledge of earthworm science.

For third through fifth graders, Dr. Wheeler-Toppen presented “Researching Purr-fecta is as fun as a dog!” She highlighted the research process involved in writing nonfiction using examples from her book Dog and Cat Science Unleashed! She encouraged students to use the research cycle strategy effectively in order to gather information.

The event was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Dr. Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, Glenmont Library Media Specialist Angela Daughtry, and the Glenmont PTA. The students were grateful for this unique opportunity to learn from science experts and gain valuable insights into the world of writing and research.

By Samantha Johnson

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