Second grade classes took turns heading out into Montclair to make observations and record data about resources they see in and around parts of Montclair. These three field trips were the research component of our Towns unit of study in Social Studies. 2S, 2B and 2N traveled to Church Street, Watchung Plaza, and Upper Montclair Plaza area to make observations, jot notes and zero in on modes of transportation, housing, places to work and open spaces / places to gather in town. Students were focused as they walked through Montclair as field researchers. They stopped to jot notes and exchange ideas that they would ultimately share with the other classes on Thursday. The three classes pooled their collective observations and create Word Clouds to highlight town resources that stood out in Montclair. This valuable field work and jigsaw sharing of ideas between classes will help kick off culminating projects planned for students. Their mission will be to design towns of their own that include key resources they noted in their town study.