What do you wonder?

Time to Wonder!

Have you ever just wondered about certain things? I do all the time! Well, there's a great new website, AND APP, that can foster your "wonderings." Wonderoplis is a fantastic website that answers questions that come from kids and students from around the world!

How is Wonderopolis laid out?

The wonderopolis topics, called "Wonder of the Day," are laid out the exact same way. The "Wonder of the Day" is addressed with questions to gain students attention. For example, today's wonder, #1342 - Can You Sneeze with your Eyes Open?, starts with the questions:

  • Can you sneeze with your eyes open?
  • What is sternutation?
  • Can your eyes pop out of your head if you sneeze with your eyes open?
If these don't gain interest in this sneezy topic, I don't know what will!

Then, there is usually a video or picture for students to view, in this case, there is a vimeo video called "Forest Tales: Contagious Sneezing." In the event there is a YouTube video, you can show this to your students by signing in to the RSS filter and turning off your safe search in YouTube. (Click HERE to learn how.)

Directly beneath the video, is the article that students can read OR LISTEN TO!!! The article contains the "Wonder Words," or vocabulary words that are important to the article. These Wonder Words are also listed to the right of the article and if you hover over them, the definition of the word will be revealed.

Other items listed (on the right side of the page) on the Wonder of the Day, also include:

  • TRY IT OUT - Activities that students can do that coincide with the Wonder Topic.
  • STILL WONDERING? - Links to other appropriate sites that coincide with the Wonder Topic.
  • TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE - A quiz on the content of the article! Students can even take this before they read, then after, to compare scores!
  • WONDER WHAT'S NEXT? - Gives students the topic for tomorrow's Wonder of the Day!
  • JOIN THE DISCUSSION - Students can post a comment about the Wonder of the Day as well as read other comments from students around the globe. They can just use their Gaggle email address for the required email field.

If you are studying a specific topic, you can even SEARCH Wonders by keying in specific topics in the search bar within the website! Try searching "Christmas" and see just how many wonders there are!!

Click HERE for a great resource and teacher's guide to using Wonderopolis in the classroom.

How to earn your badge!

To earn your Wonderopolis Badge for your iPad Challenge, simply complete the following:

1. Choose a wonder to share with your students.

2. Take a photo with your iPad of you OR your students completing an activity that goes along with the Wonder of the Day you chose.

3. Send the photo via email to me as well as the NUMBER of the wonder you shared with your students. The number always follows the title of the Wonder of the Day question.

How can I use this with my students?

How about WONDER WEDNESDAY!?!? Each morning your students come in to class, they can use their iPads to explore that day's Wonder and complete a reading response. It's a perfect, engaging way to start your Wednesdays.....or any other day for that matter!!