1-2-3 Wonder

Collaborating is one of the aspects of teaching that I most enjoy.  As a school librarian, I have the unique opportunity to collaborate, teach, and work with many different teachers and students in my school building, grades K-12.  This school year, one of my professional goals is to collaborate outside of my school and even outside of Indiana. 

When David Etkin mentioned on Twitter that he had an idea for a Wonder extension lesson, I immediately said "I'm in!"  We talked it out a bit and decided to recruit a few more people to the collaborating party from the #WONDERschools initiative.  David forced  persuaded Reilly into participating in this project with her 5th grade students.  

We worked together in Google Docs on the lesson idea, questions, and discussed how to best implement this in our classrooms.   Then we decided how to combine and showcase what was done in each of our classes. The cool part of this collaboration was that we used several methods of communication:  Twitter, Google Drive, e-mails, text messages, and even a few phone calls (sometimes you just need to talk it out!).

The basis for the project is to ask 3 questions to students related to their experience with the book Wonder and have them answer each with either one, two, or three words.  (1-2-3 Wonder!  Get it?!)  We each decided on our own set of questions to use, but decided the final question should be the same for all classes.  The lesson may be done after the book is completed or even mid-way through the book.

So far, I've only implemented this project with one class (the pitfall of only seeing classes weekly instead of daily) with one 6th grade class.  I had them work in groups of 3 to brainstorm together and decide on their answers.  I found their responses quite insightful!  I hope to ask the same or similar questions to my other two classes of 6th graders who are finishing up Wonder very soon.

My group of students- Mrs. McIlrath's 6th grade class:

And here is the compilation video that showcases students from each of our classes:

Video not showing up?  Click here ----->  http://animoto.com/play/dRk2CJzcpIPn5qAK1FuyeQ#

Be sure and check out David and Reilly's thoughts on implementing this lesson with their students and the videos of their own classes!

We'd love to have you try this lesson or a variation of it with your students.  If you do, please let us know!  Reply and link to one of our posts or tweet it to us!

Remember, choose kind and share #thewonderofwonder!


  1. Sherry - LOVE LOVE LOVE your students' 1-2-3 Animoto Wonder projects. I am inspired! In some way, I will also complete a Wonder 1-2-3 project. I will share when we are finished. THANK YOU for the WONDER-ful idea! Your students are lucky to have you.

  2. I love your Animotos! Your students are inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Great video and great idea about the words!

  4. Thank you so much! We've had so much fun with this project. I just finished it with my 3rd class of 6th graders yesterday. It's been so interesting to hear them reflect on the questions and discuss in small groups. They inspire me with their thoughts.

  5. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this project. My 6th graders in Iowa just finished reading Wonder and we created our own Animotos modeled after yours! We would love to share them with your 6th grade classes there. Please visit our blogs at http://kidblog.org/shreading/ Thanks again!

  6. That is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing #thewonderofwonder & for the cool projects!

  7. We just began Wonder at our school with all 4th and 5th grade students. We are really looking forward to some powerful conversations between the grade levels about a book like Wonder with such an important message.
    Absolutely love the 1 2 3 projects -- they look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!


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