Total Results: 38

Laura McShane May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019

A More Perfect Union

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but the true origin of the holiday has been obscured : The holiday was not always called Memorial Day. When it got its start just after the Civil War, it was originally known as Decoration Day. ...

Christie Wyman Feb 8, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

Rainbow, a Wonderopolis-enhanced poem

On Tuesday morning, the most magnificent rainbow appeared in the sky just as families in cars and buses filled with excited children were making their way to school. Cars pulled over, parents and staff snapped pictures as children squealed with joy. ...

Laura McShane Jan 31, 2019

Jan 31, 2019


"Look out! We're about to begin!" The story of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen starts out with a warning. How do we look at our world? Is it cold and foreboding? It can be a real struggle to get out and explore the beauty of the ...

Carol Varsalona Jan 12, 2019

Jan 12, 2019

National Milk Day

White, fluffy snow came down in buckets when I was little. The entire backyard was covered in drifts that prevented the local milk truck from delivering the milk but that did not prevent me from running for the back door of the house on snow days. ...

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 ...

Kristie Ennis Feb 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018

Celebrating African American History Month with Wonder!

Looking for ways to incorporate more African American History into your lessons? Why not use Wonderopolis? That's right, they've put together one new tidbit for each weekday this month that aligns with the wonders of the day. Today, for example, the ...

Carol Varsalona Sep 12, 2017

Sep 12, 2017

9/11 and 9-1-1

Sixteen years have gone by but there is still a sadness as the the fallen heroes of 911 are remembered around the world today. It is September 11th, Patriot Day. To honor the stories of 9/11 that started as an ordinary day in, Twitter created ...

Carol Varsalona Sep 7, 2017

Sep 7, 2017

Student-Inspired Poetry Creations

Are you delighted by the feel of sand between your toes, the smell of salt air, and the warmth of a summer day? I am and wanted to share the experience with my grandbaby while in Cape May this summer. I filled a pail of sand so my granddaughter ...

Delsia Malone May 28, 2017

May 28, 2017

Memorial Day 2017: My Personal Reflection

“Freedom is never free.” These words were engrained into my five-year-old mind by my dad. Most conversations that we have now, will always turn toward talks about the state of our nation, service, and his views on how these “21st century ...

Laura McShane May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

Mind's Eye

I challenged our story time kids to remember ten items from the magic memory box. The preschoolers remembered eight out of ten and the grade school kids remembered seven out of ten items. We recited the poem "Keys to the Kingdom" and I ...

Delsia Malone Nov 15, 2016

Nov 15, 2016

Why Do We Have Turnpikes?

During a drive from Michigan to Ohio, my husband and I stopped at a rest area and noticed a 60th anniversary sign for the Ohio Turnpike. We both walked forward in wondrous amazement and began reading around the small room honoring the turnpike. ...

Paul W. Hankins Sep 12, 2016

Sep 12, 2016

"When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them"

“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers TitlesTHIS IS A CROSS-POST BLOG from THESE 4 CORNERS (Paul's Blog)A recent New York Times article suggests and introduces four titles among a “wave of 9/11 novels ...

Delsia Malone Jun 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016

Oh No! Where's the Remote?

It was a fun-filled evening when our grandkids visited us this week. It was loud, chaotic and fun! Our 15-month-old granddaughter, Zadie, loves finding items around our house and making them “hers.” Well on this particular visit, Zadie grabs the ...

Delsia Malone May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016

Honeysuckle Memories

I shared a great flashback with my husband, Steve, as we entered our driveway to the fragrant blooms of honeysuckle.It smells so refreshing and is a great reminder that spring is indeed here. I thought back to my childhood and my husband thought ...

Edwards Family Mar 26, 2014

Mar 26, 2014

What did you do today that your students will remember?

While I was attending the NCFL Conference, someone asked me if I knew the Wonder of the Day from Wonderopolis that day …. I had to sadly admit that I did not know … But I quickly found out: While in a 4th grade classroom today, I ...

Edwards Family Jan 15, 2014

Jan 15, 2014

Connecting Balloon Animals to Learning?!?

Today's Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day: Who Invented Balloon Animals brought back a great memory! Our family visited Florida in October last year … we went to NASA (and Disney). One night, we had an unexpected learning experience ...