This week proved to be very interesting for my students. We were in the drama unit, which was WONDER-filled in many ways, and something my students were sad to see go as we moved into our next unit: non-fiction review.
The words themselves made my students groan with contempt.
“Ugh! Non-fiction again? Really, Ms. B? I mean…we’ve already done that stuff!”
I smiled. Little did my kids know that non-fiction spans further than maps and dictionaries and encyclopedias.
“Guys, have I ever steered you wrong before?”
“So trust me, okay?”
And with that, we were on to our non-fiction unit learning about mummies. From their origin to how the bodies are preserved to where they’re kept, the students were engaged and coming up with wonders of their own.
Most, if not all, of their wonders were answered by the Mummy Maker game featured on the Discovery Kids site (and mentioned in the “Try it Out” part of Wonder #397). It was refreshing to hear how the students helped each other with what tools needed to be used for what process and how to properly preserve a body. When we closed out the lesson with making their own paper pyramids complete with hieroglyphics and their very own hand-drawn mummy, it was clear I had sold them (yet again) to the wonders of learning about something outside of their knowledge base…thanks to Wonderopolis, of course!
We still have plenty of lessons ahead of us and I’m looking forward to perusing Wonderopolis again. My battle plan has been to connect unique articles with topics that come off mundane to technology-savvy teens. So far, it’s worked like a charm…
…or an amulet.
As the unit unfolds, I’ll be sure to share my tips and secrets about how to get those reluctant readers reading and off-putting students on task. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to email me or leave ‘em on my blog. I look forward to hearing your stories about using Wonderopolis in your classroom (or living room or kitchen or garage or any other place you can instill wonder)! The possibilities are truly endless.
Thanks for reading and remember to always wonder!