Can baby cheetahs climb trees?
A 1st grader and a 2nd grader walked confidently into my office carrying a binder, a clipboard and a bin of cheetah books from both the Ancona and public libraries. Placing the book bin on my table, they got right down to business. While the 2nd grader took a piece of yellow paper from the binder and readied it on the clipboard, the 1st grader took out the list of steps in the research process and explained to me how the partners had already consulted books and the computer and were now going to conduct an interview with an expert (me!). I’m actually not an expert on cheetahs, but I did think I could help two young researchers find answers to their own authentic questions.
In the binder, they had written what they already knew about cheetahs on pink sheets of paper, and in an orange booklet, they’d written the questions they wanted to answer. The 1st grader enthusiastically read the questions, and the 2nd grader painstakingly took the notes, which, she knew, had to be in her own words.