Lesson Plan

I Wonder: Research in the Early Stages

Elementary Research Prompted with the I Wonder Model
Tracey W.
Media specialist/librarian
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Essential Understanding: Students will be able to understand that asking “I Wonder” questions can lead them to investigating specific topics and details that will help focus their research topic.                                               

Learning Outcomes: Students will know and be able to ask “I Wonder” questions that will lead them to investigating specific topics and details that will help them focus their research topic.

Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

English Language Arts
Grades 1 – 3
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook & Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

You have begun research for your information books on a topic having to do with Animal Families.* You have learned facts about your topic but you probably also have lots of things you still wonder about, that you would like to learn more about. Today we will look at an article on various ways animal parents take care of their young in one specific environment (the ocean) and from those facts we will write down our wonderings. You will then write wonderings you have for further research on your own topic. 

Go over the “I Wonder” assessment. We will fill in the topic: “Ocean Animal Families”.


Student Instructions

Read p. 2 of “Ocean Moms and Dads”. Give beginning question for discussion: “I wonder where they live when they’re not swimming in the water with the pup on the mom’s belly.” Students can then give some other examples of “I Wonder” questions.

2 Guided & Differentiation


Read pp. 3 – 5 of “Ocean Moms and Dads” and ask the students “I Wonder” questions.

You have begun learning from the various texts and videos you are reading and watching in class. You understand that there are lots of facts that you are learning on the subject “Animal Families” and on your specific topic.  You also may be wondering and wanting to learn more.

Student Instructions

Discuss questions as a class emphasizing the what, how, why, if, when, who, where aspect of the questions. Give students time to fill out their “I Wonder” questions. They will then use Popplet to transfer their work.

Students will use their research to develop “I Wonder” questions about their particular topics. These questions will become the beginning chapter of the students’ informational books and will be labeled “Wonder Questions for Research

Some students may complete only some of the questions.

Students can also work in pairs to help each other develop questions.

3 Closing and Sharing Out


Students can share some of their “I Wonder” questions. Students will share their completed information books with each other in a celebration time.

Student Instructions

Students will share their Wonder model questions made with Popplet.