Teacher Review for Wonderopolis

Engaging Students in Info Text Articles

Alissa D.
Technology coordinator
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools
Philadelphia, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
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.
My Take
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!