Studying and exploring class topics by listening, reading and manipulating, Grade 2 students are challenged to share knowledge and synthesize it with personal inquiries and curiosities. As they report what they see and look for changes, they sharpen their observation and description skills. Students investigate secret formulas, dissolving and the properties of liquids, and they explore the concepts of balancing and weighing. During twice-weekly lab periods, they use hands-on materials and apply the scientific method in a variety of experiments. Students begin learning to write about their scientific discoveries.