Recently, students in a first grade class were learning about sound via an Alabama Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI) science lesson. I introduced the class to the Read! Wonder! Write Chart! that I had created. First, the students wrote on a sticky note something interesting they had learned during their reading about sound. The students were eager to share what they had learned and were eager to read their responses aloud. Next, the students shared the wonders they still had about sound beyond the text they had read. After allowing students time to write their wonders on a sticky note of a different color, I gave the class time to share their wonders aloud with one another. This was the fun part. We learned that sometimes we have the same wonder as another person. We also learned that wondering is fun and that we can learn from wondering and wonders. So, after each student read aloud their wonder, the sticky note was attached to the middle column on the chart. Students are naturally inquisitive. Seeing those light bulbs shine brightly made me so proud. Not only were we learning about sound, we were learning how to share our wonders. Being inquisitive is great as it leads to deeper thinking. Their teacher and I allowed the students time to wonder, time to reflect and time to share with one another. The smiles on those sweet faces made learning through wonders and sharing priceless!
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