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:
- A related video
- Questions to focus students’ reading
- The article
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?