Second grade is a year of growth and change as students deepen their understanding of concepts they have acquired in first grade. As well as becoming fluent in decoding skills, students are engaged in thoughtful discussions about books as they learn comprehension strategies that they will use as life-long learners. In writing workshop, students write longer stories as they use authors as mentors to develop their craft. In math, second graders’ understanding of both the number system and the relationships among different strategies for solving real world problems are extended and enriched. In the expedition on snakes, for example, second graders continue to grow as scientists, mathematicians, readers, writers, musicians and artists- all through the lens of studying snakes. Students have a purpose for applying skills like inferring, determining importance, and collecting and analyzing data. This increases engagement and their connections become more meaningful.