We have been working with Wonderopolis for a whole quarter now, and I am so glad that I took the plunge and went ahead with this particular learning adventure. The daily topics are so high-interest, that this homework assignment is one that they actually like doing – with 493 (as of today) Wonders to choose from, there is something to pique everyone’s curiosity, and I think the format is just so student friendly that looking for a Wonder to explore is part of the fun.
The Wonder Trackers we work on help to give a purpose and focus to the explorations. The notebooks below illustrate how engaged my students are, and how our weekly assignments have become a dialogue in nonfiction study.
The next step, I think, will be both important as well as tricky. Here are some ways in which I could extend this project:
1. Maria at Teaching in the 21st. Century wrote a fabulous post about using Wonderopolis in a unit on persuasive writing, this is something I want to take on as well – partly as a skill building exercise for the NJASK.
2. Extending a topic covered by a Wonder into a research project – in other words exploring some of those questions they’ve already generated in their Wonder Trackers.
3. Creating a Wonder of their own. I will be attending a workshop on digital writing in March, and hope that it will give me the tools (and the confidence!) I will need to experiment with this project.
I’m curious about how other teachers have used Wonderopolis in their classrooms…would anyone care to share ideas????