I know that other people have blogged about Wonderopolis but I have just started using it and I just wanted to share what my class is doing and how much they love it!
We started using the site on Monday to help us with our non-fiction reading. The reason I decided to use it was because a number of students in my class are really lazy (gasp, I know) when it comes to recording new learning or wonders about their non-fiction text. They claim they already knew it and they don't wonder about anything or have any questions.
We started with the wonder - Why Do Zebras Have Stripes. Before we read the article we talked about the importance of activating our prior knowledge. Each student wrote down 1 thing they knew about giraffes - even if it was just what they looked like. Then we came about with ideas for why they have stripes - I chose this Wonder of the Day to start with because I felt that they would have some background knowledge. We shared our ideas and posted them on a chart paper (with sticky notes).
We watched the video and read the article. Students took turns highlighting facts from the article (we used the Brightlinks to project it). Students recorded a fact.
Then we talked about what we still would like to know about giraffes - they did not record their wonders, we just talked. We read some of the other responses to the article (we are moving towards trying to write well thought out responses, citing evidence, using our schema). And then....suprise I told them that we were going to write a response. They were very excited by this! We typed up our response and later in the day checked for Wonderopolis to reply to us. When they saw our post and the response they were so excited. As a quick write at the end of the day we used the clue to write a prediction for the next day's wonder. They had to include evidence from the text (the clue) and their own thinking to write a really good prediction.
Let me tell you they are hooked after just three days - kids are checking at home for our response to be replied to, they are asking when are we going to go on the site, their hands are shooting in the air to share what they learned, what they wonder and their predictions. I am going to slowly transition this into more writing on their part but right now I am just enjoying their enthusiasm and the collaboration.
Here are some of our responses and a reply for Wonderopolis.
I am still working out a writing format to transition into more independent writing and I am thinking I would also like them to create a Wonder of the Day to share with the class. It is on my to-do list, the list that haunts me around 3 in the morning!!
If you use Wonderopolis I would love to know your "handle" so we could follow your responses and comment on those as well!