We are doing something this year called a Wonder Hour.
What is a Wonder Hour? It is an opportunity, once a week for about 45 minutes, to work on a project of our own choosing.
Yes! A chance to learn about something that we have always wanted to learn about.
We have spent the first few sessions this year brainstorming things that we are curious about, that we are wondering about, and that we have always wanted to know. It wasn't always easy, because sometimes we couldn't think of anything. Other times, we weren't sure how to put it in words.
Any time someone wondered something in class, we wrote it on our Wonder Wall. Our Wonder Wall continues to grow. At the beginning of the year we had just a few wonders up. Now it looks like this:
Now this week we are starting to choose our first wonders to start to learn about. We are going to research this wonder and create a project to share with the world. We had to to take our Wonder and write it in the form of a question to research
That wasn't always easy either. Some of our questions, while great, were not the type of questions that are the best for research.
For example, When was the Empire State Building built? is a great question, but it is not a good one for research, because we can answer it very quickly.
However, What is the story behind the Empire State building? is a great question to research, because it will take some time and planning to find the answer, and there are lots of ways to make a final project about that question when we are finished.
On Monday we chose our first question to research.
There are a few people who are still thinking about their Wonder, and the Wonders might change as we get started, but we are ready to start. This is a grand adventure for both teacher and students, and we can't wait to see where this road takes us.
We would love to hear what YOU wonder about! If you could spend 50
minutes once a week learning about what you are most interested in, what would YOU
choose? Please share in the comment section below.