Center Focus

What Do I Want to Know?

  1. Students come up with a few topics they would like to find more information about or questions they would like to have answered. For example: What countries speak English? What is the International Date Line? How do planes fly? Why is the sky blue?
  2. They then research their topic at the library.
  3. Students record the information they find and write a brief report.
  4. You may want to make a question and answer notebook/file to which the students may refer.

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