Girls come to second grade as developing readers and writers and mathematicians. In class, they apply their skills and learn to develop the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy. Initially, they are dependent on teacher direction, then tasks are slowly handed over for the girls’ independent application. Second graders have daily opportunities to take on different learning roles: for example, when one girl leads in an activity, she may support a leader in the next activity. Second grade is the year that girls turn a corner in their ability to access and use information. It is a year of inquiry and discovery, as the girls develop the skills to learn more independently.