Second grade students are exploring the science of weather. They are learning about the water cycle, severe weather, and weather safety. On Monday, the students worked in small groups to develop a tornado safety plan for school and then presented their ideas to the class. This was a wonderful opportunity to work on their 4C skills: collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creative problem-solving. Through this unit of study, the students are reading books on weather topics and learning about key features of an informational text such as how to identify the main idea and supporting details. These skills will be used to write a report about severe weather. To further their study of weather, the students will conduct science experiments to expand on weather concepts and to develop an understanding of the scientific method.