Author Study (Chris Van Allsburg)


Third graders study a list of books written and illustrated by the author. They examine facts about the author's life. They take a survey of Allsburg's books read by the students using the Excel spreadsheet.

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Database & Spreadsheet
Lexinton County School District

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