How I Use It
I LOVE Wonderopolis as a tool for capturing student interest, building background knowledge, and hooking students into a topic of study. What a great resource for research and learning interesting facts about high interest topics. It's a fantastic tool for developing questioning skills. I wonder....what a great way to start your day, begin a class discussion, and then confirm curiosities by reading more. Use Wonderopolis to help identify non-fiction text features and focus on comprehension skills. Use it for research. I'm currently using this site with first graders to help them learn how to make quality comments before we dive into blogging. Wonderopolis is quick to respond to our questions and "wonders" and can serve as a great place for students to practice digital citizenship.
This site has many uses across grade levels and content areas. I like how it includes a video along with the text, the ability to listen to the text being read aloud. There's a focus on key vocabulary or wonder words, a place for digital pictures, and a place to join in the discussion surrounding any given topic. Students can even submit their guesses on what they think the next wonder will be. Teachers and students can even search for topics of interest. I do prefer the web-based version over the app as it's more student friendly. As an emerging or struggling reader, I would be completely overwhelmed by the app and the amount of words. The app doesn't have the option to watch the video or have the text read aloud or even join in the discussions. The web-based version is far more robust and useful especially for the younger students. Use it! Your kids curiosities will definitely be peaked.