Wednesday, January 20, 2016

"We Wonder" Wednesdays

About a month ago, Mrs. vanRees was inspired by a class in the United States that were sharing their learning on twitter about #wonderwednesday. After talking to the teacher, Mrs. vanRees decided that our class needed to start Wonder Wednesdays too. Wonder Wednesdays happen on Wednesdays for 1 hour to focus on our own wonders (inquires) and then doing research to find out more about it. So far we have had 2 Wonder Wednesdays. Last week we started choosing wonders and creating questions that we want to learn more about. Today we talked about where we can get information from. We came up with a list of places we can help us learn:
- Internet
(our WRDSB online library learning commons has some great resources that are primary friendly!*)
- Twitter
- Books (non-fiction)
- People - our families, experts (we can be experts too!)
- Movies (documentaries)

We each came up with a few specific questions about out topic and then started to research. Today we used the PebbleGo app on the iPads. It's such a great website with information that is at our level AND it can be read out for us with 1 click.  Some of us couldn't find what we were looking for in PebbleGo, but found some great information using Britannica Elementary, another great website with primary friendly research.

After 20 minutes of researching and learning we came up with some new learning already! We wanted to share it with you, so we tweeted it out using our class twitter account: @Grade1Raptors and #wonderwednesday. If you're not following us on twitter yet, you can read about our learning below, but we'd love if you would follow us too! We have a lot more learning to do this year!

Wonder Wednesday Learning for January 20:
Katelyn: blind is when you are unable to see 
Leah: Golden Retriever have 3 to 7 babies 
Misha: The sun is a big star 
Yuvraj: Video games are programs with computers
Cian: The triceratops is a leaf eater and 30 feet long 
Ali Q. The blue whale is the longest mammal ever 
Hayden: video games are cool 
Khloe: Chihuahuas have 3-6 babies
Arianna: turtles lay eggs in the sand to keep them warm 
Dominic: video games can be made by humans
Manush: Triceratops eat meat **We actually did a little more research about Triceratops after we noticed that we had different facts. We all found out that triceratops is actually a herbivore and eats only leafs (plants). 

Thanks for following us on our Wonder Wednesday journey so far. There's so much more to come!

*Parents in our class: a note will be going home shortly that explains how you can log onto the WRDSB online library and use these same resources at home.

A special thanks to @MollyMeck and her class (@msMeck'sclass) for inspiring Mrs. vanRees to get started on Wonder Wednesdays!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I love the wonders. I know that me and my first graders look forward to We Wonder Wednesday every week. Thanks for blogging about this incredible opportunity for kids. I can't wait to see what all of you learn this year. Keep in touch- I know I will have lots of questions for you too!