Christie Wyman Oct 30, 2018

Oct 30, 2018

Biomimicry STEM Challenge

Looking for a fun STEM challenge with a twist for your class or school community? Look no further than biomimicry! What's biomimicry? It's solutions to everyday problems that are inspired by the wonders of nature. Curious? Check out Wonderopolis ...

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Kristie Ennis Oct 15, 2018

Oct 15, 2018

Using Questions to Invite Wonder & Empathy into School

“This book is for teachers who want something better for their students and who believe in each child’s capacity for deep and creative thinking” (3). Having waited for Think Like Socrates for over a month, I am thrilled to review it for The ...

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Amy Rudd Oct 14, 2018

Oct 14, 2018

Using Wonderopolis to Inspire Poetry Writing

A few years ago, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at the Poem Farm inspired me to write poems about the Wonder of the Day from Wonderopolis. She called it, "Wallow in Wonder". During National Poetry Month, I am always inspired to write a poem or two but ...

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Carol Varsalona Oct 11, 2018

Oct 11, 2018

What's The Art of Summering?

My concept of summering started many years ago as a young girl. I grew to love the summer season that always allowed me to relax, reflect, and re-energize. Back then during the long days of summer, neighborhood children played stone teacher on ...

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Laura McShane Oct 11, 2018

Oct 11, 2018

Strong Girls Change the World

Now that I am older, I am less afraid to speak my mind, and I do. I have been threatened and told to shut up for stating my opinions, but I realize I am still lucky to live with the protection of free speech in America. Author Aisha Saeed's new ...

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Laura McShane Oct 6, 2018

Oct 6, 2018

Blind spots

This past week, a mom asked me to help her second grader, reading at a fifth grade level, to find chapter books suitable for her daughter to read. Mom and daughter were both born in China. This mom, like a lot of moms, picks out the books for her ...

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Carol Varsalona Oct 1, 2018

Oct 1, 2018

Summer Wonder Poetry

Have you ever experienced the feeling of sparks flying in your brain? I have. Today, I am in the creative zone, am energized, and eager to notice, wonder, and write but I am faced with a dilemma. Tonight, #WonderChat is discussing the topic, ...

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Laura McShane Sep 17, 2018

Sep 17, 2018

One World Day

Cleveland, Ohio is fortunate to have rich tapestry of cultures from all over the world and to have a park which celebrates this beautiful diversity. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are a major part of the city’s 254-acre Rockefeller Park. The ...

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Laura McShane Sep 5, 2018

Sep 5, 2018

Wonder is everywhere!

Wonderopolis strives to instill wonder in every child, every day, in every classroom, but don't forget to take your wonder outside the classroom, too! Libraries foster discovery and the wonder of exploration. You have questions - libraries help ...

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Laura McShane Aug 15, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

Train Adventures

Always bring a book along for the ride. Today I ran into this middle school teacher and his daughter on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Little Suzy was getting fussy, so dad started reading and immediately his daughter became attentive to his ...

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Carol Varsalona Aug 9, 2018

Aug 9, 2018

"Summering"

Each summer day and evening brings a surprise, a gift from nature, if we just pause to look. On Long Island, New York where I live, "There's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many ...

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Carol Varsalona Aug 4, 2018

Aug 4, 2018

National Watermelon Day

"Nothing quite says “summer" like a big slice of watermelon on a hot day." (Wonderopolis, Wonder of the Day #330) Today is National Watermelon Day and Twitter is trending the news. After watching the video on watermelon art at Wonder of the Day ...

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Laura McShane Jul 25, 2018

Jul 25, 2018

Around the World Dance Party

Today we celebrated our summer reading club progress with a dance party led by Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing. She brought some of her seasoned students and we explored dance traditions from Mozambique, the Czech Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and ...

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Carol Varsalona Jul 22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018

Did You Know?

Did you know the following? If you click on RSS at my Wonder Ground page, you can access all of the blog posts from my blog site, Beyond LiteracyLink.Sense-sational Spring Global Gallery of Artistic Expressions has been unveiled at my blog site, ...

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Carol Varsalona Jul 18, 2018

Jul 18, 2018

Double Ouch!

"Bee stings can hurt a lot and turn an otherwise nice summer day into a day you won't soon forget for all the wrong reasons!" -Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day #778 Looking back on my startling incident with two bees recently, I can say that the ...

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NCFL Jun 25, 2018

Jun 25, 2018

It’s here! Schedule published for the 2018 Families Learning Conference

The full schedule of concurrent sessions, general sessions, and special events is available on the 2018 Families Learning Conference website. Check out who’s presenting and what topics will be addressed! This year’s Conference will feature ...

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