Google Doodles are special, temporary alterations of Google's logo their homepage that commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and people around the world. When Doodles were first created, they were neither animated nor hyperlinked—they were just simple images with text that described the subject or perhaps it expressed a holiday greeting. Doodles became more and more popular by 2010. In January 2010. What do you consider art? If you could a Doodle for Google, what would it look like? Read Wonderopolis Wonder #1887 to find out more about “What is Art!?”
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Want to use Wonderopolis to spark authentic interest in a variety of topics in the middle or high school classroom? That is exactly what I have been helping my colleague and friend, Maegan Woodlee, do at Marion C. Moore School with her apathetic 12th graders who have a dire case of senioritis. I did something similar with independent reading a few years ago and we started with my experience. Then, she simply asked her students what they wonder about, creating a Wonder Wall on the large chalkboards in the front of her classroom. All students posted their wonders there. The rest unfolded with the handouts attached. I cannot wait to see the showcase of Wonder Projects when they are completed! This is a MUCH more engaging way to teach traditional research skills that prepare students for college-level writing than they are used to, and it makes teaching seniors a whole lot more exciting in an otherwise tough time of the school year. Check it out!
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