As the students shared their wonder index cards that they saved for a whole week, we had a great discussion about their wonders. Conversations that I never considered, I knew we would discuss the why it was important? But I never thought about how most of their wonders connected with a previous lesson they had learned about in school and just wanted to learn more. Some of the students wondered about questions that their siblings had asked them which was exciting because of the home school connection. In addition, a few students said they never had the chance to just wonder about something they cared about. Isn’t that what wondering is all about?
Fast forward to today, I created my own WONDER in a keynote and had this on the screen when they came back in from lunch. I said nothing and there was a hush in the room. Finally one student said, “Why isn’t the Wonder of the Day up Mrs. Caplin?” I still said nothing, Finally one student said, “Maybe this is what Mrs. Caplin wonders about?” YAHOO! Could you hear me screaming in Montana, Jon? They got it.
We looked at my wonder, and we discussed how my WONDER is similar to Wonderopolis and now they have a digital mentor text to begin to think about their own wonder.The light bulb represents an exciting NEW fact that I was surprised to learning. Did you know that a panda has an extra thumb to help hold bamboo? I didn’t know that. The text in the middle on the bottom has a link to the Kids Video National Geographic website. After sharing my wonder, many of the students were ready to start on their own wonder. Can’t wait until next Wed. to see what they learn about stars, languages, weather, lemurs, and possibly the most interesting one: Why isn’t the letter “e” part of the grading scale? Do you know-me neither!