I’ve been following Maria at Teaching in the 21st. Century as well as Mary Lee at A Year of Reading in their adventures with Wonderopolis for some time now, marveling at how they’ve used the site in their classrooms and wrestling with how I could do the same in mine. Our 50 minute language art block is jam packed with stuff to cover – grammar, spelling, reading workshop, poetry – how could I fit another component in?? But I loved the site, particularly the way in addressed many of the Common Core Standards I want my curriculum to incorporate, such as:
Key Ideas and Details
- 1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
- 2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
- 7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
My launch tomorrow will go this way:
1. Call up the site and navigate through/explore it with my kids using the projector. I see this as our time to ask questions, figure out all the components, and generate some ideas about extension activities we could use Wonderopolis as a springboard for.
2. Use a minilesson to set up our reading journals to track our reading in the following way:
My kids will be responsible for checking out the site all week – Monday through Friday – and tracking their learning for the one “Wonder” that really captured their attention/interest the most. I like Karen’s idea of a “wonder jar”which I had I read about some time ago in Literate Lives . This might be a good way to catalog our learning and make sure that that learning builds continuously. So, I’m trying to figure out this component of Wonderopolis as well.
Lots to think about… but, I can’t wait to get started with this new learning adventure!