The cold, snowy weather today did not stop me from enjoying a bit of warmth. My second graders created a colorful, vibrant mural of a tropical rain forest, then presented amazing facts they discovered about the plants and animals that inhabit these steamy, lush expanses. The smiling faces of the now expert researchers as they proudly explained about an orchid, toucans, anacondas, tigers, and much, much more warmed my heart and brought the sunshine to me that I am so much craving. A realistic trip to the balmy tropics over my adventure this morning??? Second grade all the way!