We began our Wonder Wall today! This is something I wanted to start all year but just couldn't get the time to do it. I made a bulletin board and called it the Wonder Wall. The kids write down the things that they wonder about and then we're going to write about them! Here is a picture of our Wonder Wall and some of our wonderings.
We started this little writing unit off by using the website Wonderopolis. It's a great site for non-fiction writing that answers just about any questions kids want to know about! I showed the website to the kids and they loved it. A bunch of them even went home and showed their parents. They want to submit their wonderings to wonderopolis too!
Today we started the brainstorming. They made a mind map of all the things they already know about their topic. Tomorrow we will begin the research with the ipads and a visit to the library to check out any books they might need.
We are doing all of our recording in this burning questions research booklet.
I blogged about this booklet before so if you want to read more about it you can check this post out.
I can't wait to see how they turn out in the end. The group of kids I have this year are a neat bunch so I'm expecting some interesting and entertaining results!