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Woodland Litter Critters ABC by Patience Mason

| May 18, 2014

Books friends are the very best friends.

Just a week ago, my good book friend introduced me to Patience Mason as Teri knows of my interest in ABC books, particularly when teaching classification as a rhetorical mode (a post for another time).

I will always accept a new ABC title into t


Is it raining resources?

| April 7, 2014

Since it is raining outside today, I decided to go to one of my favorite resource sites to do a search for “rain” to see what I could find!

The resources and ideas just flooded in …

A few of them were the ones I expected …

But some were so much more …

Here are just a few of the many res


What did you do today that your students will remember?

| March 26, 2014

While I was attending the NCFL Conference, someone asked me if I knew the Wonder of the Day from Wonderopolis that day ….

I had to sadly admit that I did not know …

But I quickly found out:

While in a 4th grade classroom today, I gave an instruction to students getting ready to view a


Basketball Related Wonders

| March 23, 2014

With the college tournament starting, it is a great time to do some wondering.  Below are some March basketball related Wonders at Wonderopolis that you may want to visit over the next few weeks with your students.

#166 Who Invented Basketball?

#183 What Is a Slam Dunk?

#341 What I


WONDER WEDNESDAY – Asking and Answering W Questions

| March 19, 2014

Happy Wonder Wednesday!

One of the Common Core Standards we have worked on all year in second grade is:

RI.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

This is a standard for both information


March Wonders

| March 7, 2014

Below are some Wonders from that you may want to share with your students throughout the month of March.

#34 Why Do We Change the Clocks Twice a Year?

#116 Why Do Rainbows Appear?

#159 How Do You Tap a Maple Tree?

#163 What Are the Ides of March?

#165 Who Was Saint Patric


We Wonder About Dinosaurs

| February 12, 2014

One of the things I love about Wonderopolis is the ability to connect several wonders to support a theme in the classroom.  You can find wonders to support themes in nearly every content area, in topic from ranging from plants, to wildlife, to weather. It’s fun to type in a ke


Gearing Up for the Winter Olympics 2014

| January 28, 2014

Here are some great Wonders at Wonderopolis to share before, during, and after the Winter 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  The Olympics run from February 7th to February 24th.  What a great way to spend time wondering with your family or class about the Olympics.

#1104 Is Win


Connecting Balloon Animals to Learning?!?

| January 15, 2014

Today’s Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day: Who Invented Balloon Animals brought back a great memory!

Our family visited Florida in October last year … we went to NASA (and Disney). One night, we had an unexpected learning experience …

As soon as my daughter saw today’s Wond


Wonder to Provide a Purpose and a Focus

| January 8, 2014

I knew my husband and daughter were going to Raleigh, NC to a NC State basketball game last Saturday …

I did not realize I had a ticket too

Until the night before the game

The game was not until 8pm so I wondered if there was anything we could do in Raleigh …

After some discussion, w


Wonder Wednesday – Week 1 – The Rose Parade

| January 6, 2014

Last week I began thinking about a new initiative for modeling wonder that I could do during 2014.  I encourage students to wonder, but often fail to model my own wondering and provide students with the time to sit back and wonder.  I’ve decided to TRY and devote some time e


Snow Day Related Wonders

| December 10, 2013

While there are many winter related Wonders at Wonderopolis, I’d like to share some of the snowy related Wonders.  What’s better than spending a snowy day wondering about weather and snow?  These Wonders would be great to share before an impending snow, wit


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