Engaging Students in Info Text Articles
Community Review for Wonderopolis
Student enjoyed reading the articles, but there is not a lot of support for low literacy students or enough games to keep them engaged for more than a few minutes. However, for tech-phobic teachers, it's a good starter site to feel more comfortable infusing more digital resources into the curriculum. I utilized this more often for that extra unplanned 5 minutes that pop up time to time from schedule changes. While this site isn't something we visit all the time, when we do it's always intriguing!
How I Use It
Wonderopolis is a great website for the most curious of students. Each day there is a new "wonder" with accompanying article, videos, vocabulary, and questions. It's a simple straightforward site. While it does not have a lot of bells and whistles, it's a great site to have bookmarked. I've seen teachers in my district use this tool in a variety of ways: as a part of a morning meeting, to drive interest in a unit (you can look through old wonders), a resource for early finishers, or a great way to handle changes in schedule on the fly.