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.

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Mini-Parade
Thumbprints
Biographical Data Organization
Guided by the Stars
To Float or Not To Float
Dough Dreidel
Crossword Trivia
Political Debate about Celebration of Columbus Day
Corn on the Cob
How Far is Sydney?
Unscramble the Words
European vs. Taino
Traditional Pumpkin Pie
A Family Quilt
Area of a Shamrock
Cultural Comparison
Unifix Animals
Spin-and-Spell
Shapes and Angles
Historical Trivia
Discovering the Area of Triangles
"A Busy Year" Art
What’s My Name Worth?
Poetry vs. Prose
Word Association
Inclined to Slide
Picture Frames
Take for Granted
Object Observation
Story in a Bag
What is the Moral?
Totem Pole
U.S. Percentages
Bottle Flutes
Grateful for Acrostic
Journal Topic: Space Exploration
Macaroni Names
Money from Around the World
Food From Around the World
Aluminum Boat Contest
Letter to an Author
What’s the Stamp Worth?
The Gymnastics Incident
Magnet Fishing
Record a Story
Length of Foot vs. Height
How Much is 2000, Anyway?
Inching Along
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