Wonder how to get students enthused and excited about learning? Maybe you need that same jolt to get recharged yourself. Use Wonderopolis to boost interest and inspire curiosity with every student.
Wonderopolis applies to and integrates multiple disciplines for addressing a range of common core standards. Topics can be specific to course content, such as science, math, art, music, dance, political science, history; but also can be a springboard for teaching: language skills, such as vocabulary; reading skills, particularly comprehension; expand technological skills; boost independent learning and encourage divergent thinking skills.
Make your own rules for how to use Wonderopolis — the tools are all there and the options are limitless! Let the new topic of the day drive exploration and get your students charged up. Or, use the responsive search engine to gather relevant information to support your own learning topics. However you use Wonderopolis, you can be sure that your students are engaged and meeting learning goals and objectives.
Wonderopolis has a fresh new Wonder every day, written in a conversational style that hooks readers to explore a new and interesting topic. Wonders are kicked off with a simple question to start you wondering, matched with a carefully chosen photo that spurs interest and curiosity. A short video builds intrigue and three questions are posed to help narrow the focus of the topic. Maybe you’ve asked a few of these questions yourself.
Once you are drawn into the content, there are important elements you can count on with every Wonder. The Did you know? segment builds a foundation of basic information and explores several possible perspectives for examining the Wonder topic.
Try it out! is a section that encourages children to get actively engaged. It has suggested links to hands-on experiences for fun ways to jump into the topic first hand. This might be related crafts, cooking activities, experiments, games, and opportunities to write a letter or creative story as ways to express your own thoughts and viewpoint.
A list of 8-10 new or unusual vocabulary words is included to boost children’s literacy learning. Because we are eager to see what students create, this segment encourages kids to share pictures or samples of what they’ve done.
In fact, we give users many opportunities contribute. You can rate Wonders, submit questions or topics for future
Wonders. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and there is a comment section where each comment or questions is quickly and authentically responded to—each and every one.
Still wondering? There is a link to a lesson or activity developed by renowned Thinkfinity consortium partners that simplifies instructional decisions and helps educators address content standards with authentic learning.
The last sentence in the Wonder is sometimes students' favorite — it’s a teaser to get you guessing what tomorrow’s Wonder topic might be. Children are eager to find out the next day if their guess is right, and this begins a new journey of learning!