Earthworms and Research: Exciting Science and Writing Presentations at Glenmont Elementary School

Visit from Science Author and Educator at Glenmont

Science author and educator Dr. Jodi Wheeler-Toppen visited Glenmont Elementary School for two presentations last week, thrilling students with her unique approach to science and writing. The younger students (K-2) were particularly excited to learn about worm anatomy and the importance of revision in writing. Dr. Wheeler-Toppen even brought in live worms for the students to observe, sparking their curiosity about earthworm science.

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 the collaborative efforts of 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, and are excited to apply what they learned in their own classrooms.

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