It’s a Wonder!

Wonderopolis is a great site, not only to provide students with non-fiction content, but to help build background knowledge and connections to other learning. Each day, a “wonder” is published containing these three sections:

  1. A related video
  2. Questions to focus students’ reading
  3. The article

Classroom Use

The Common Core Standards address the need to include informational text in instruction. Wonderopolis is a great source for providing high-interest non-fiction text for students.  With more than 500 “wonders” currently archived on the site, students will have a wide range of topics to choose from.

Check out how these teachers are using Wonderopolis in their classrooms:

  • Language Arts teacher Tara reflects on her students’ use of a “wonder tracker” notebook to record their thinking as they use Wonderopolis.
  • 5th Grade Teacher Maria discusses using Wonderopolis articles as mentor text to help her students learn persuasive writing skills.
  • On the Literate Lives blog, this language arts teacher began Wonder Wednesday with her students and created a Wonder Jar for her classroom.
  • Kindergarten teacher Mr. Fines uses an iPad in the literacy center in his classroom so students can use Wonderopolis. They write “I wonder” questions or “I know” statements in a Wonderopolis topic journal

How would you use Wonderopolis in your classroom?

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5 Responses to It’s a Wonder!

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  2. Jon says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my about my kindergarteners. They are head-over-heels for Wonderopolis!

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  4. Diane says:

    Here’s a lesson plan that goes along beautifully with the resources on the Wonderopolis site.
    http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/wonder-writing-scientific-explanations-872.html

  5. Wonderopolis says:

    What a GREAT post! Thank you so much for sharing such awesome resources to help engage students using Wonderopolis! We really appreciate your support! :-)