Innovative
Classroom

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.

More Center Focus Ideas

Shapes and Angles
Height of a Tree
Does Warm Water Rise Too?
Area of a Shamrock
Rhyming Match
New Year’s Resolutions
Moon Months
Halloween Alphabetizing
Bumper Stickers
American Anthems
Columbus Acrostic
Washer Weights
Time Capsule Diorama
Irish Mobiles
Celsius versus Fahrenheit
Limericks
Scattergories
The Great Wall of China
"Thanksgiving" Poem
The Heart of the Matter
Hurricane by David Weisner
Round vs. Flat
Discover Pi
Ten Black Dots
European vs. Taino
Discover the Explorers
Homophones
Spring Into Science
What Comes First?
Rebus Stories
What Happens to the Paper?
"A Busy Year" Art
Walk a Mile in Their Boots
Historical Perspective
Food From Around the World
Food For Thought
How Much is 2000, Anyway?
The Medal Winners
Observe An Inchworm
Dough Dreidel
Unifix Animals
All About Easter
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
Create a Collage
Copying the Masters
Candy Heart Count
Mini-Parade
Always Say Never Sometimes
Line Symmetry
"A Busy Year" Reading