Just who were those Arkansas Explorers?

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That’s exactly what these third graders want to know!  Third graders at Leverett Library have been talking about the following explorers:  Joliett, Marquette,, LaSalle, DeSoto, and DeTonty.  Last week we filled out part of a KWL chart together.  We talked about what we already Know (not much, which sure makes this project exciting and worthwhile!), and What we want to know about these explorers.  Between the three classes, we generated a long list of questions that we’d like to find answers to.  Working with a partner, our students moved to the print copies (old-school style) of World Book Encyclopedias to start filling out our graphic organizers.  We practiced using guide words to seach through the pages.  This week we are going to learn about the encyclopedias available to us online (see the “online databases” tab at the top of this web page) to search for some answers.   Please check back shortly to see what we have to share on these Arkansas Explorers.  We hope to share many great things with other Leverett students!

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