Bringing Science and Writing to Life: A Visit from Dr. Jodi Wheeler-Toppen at Glenmont Elementary School

Visit from Science Author and Educator at Glenmont

Last week, students at Glenmont Elementary School were thrilled to have science author and educator Dr. Jodi Wheeler-Toppen visit for two presentations. The presentations were tailored to different grade levels, with the younger students (K-2) learning about worm anatomy and the importance of revision in writing.

The younger students were particularly excited to be able to hold and observe live worms in containers, which sparked their curiosity about earthworm science. They were amazed by how much they could learn from such small creatures.

For the third through fifth-grade students, Dr. Wheeler-Toppen focused on the research involved in nonfiction writing. Using examples from her book, Dog and Cat Science Unleashed!, she showed students how to use a research cycle strategy to guide their information searches. This interactive session inspired the older students to see research as a fun and essential part of the writing process.

The event was made possible thanks to Dr. Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, Glenmont Library Media Specialist Angela Datri, and the Glenmont PTA. The students and staff at Glenmont Elementary School were grateful for the opportunity to learn from an expert in science education and writing.

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