While on vacation, my fifth grade son was wondering away...question after question. I found myself saying "I don't know" alot! So we decided to take pictures of all of the things that he wondered about, so we could research them when we got home. I know that traveling to a new location stems a lot of wonder. But imagine (here is where my wish comes in), if we knew the students that were going to be in our classroom right now and could send them with a summer wondering assignment...capture pictures of the things you wonder about this summer. Then, we could give them the gift of time to act on that wonder in our classrooms. If every student could bring pictures in (newspaper articles, brochures, artifacts) and fill a board with questions that we are curious about and have a strong desire to understand. How WONDERful would that be? The best part is that each picture that would be brought in would have a story behind it...pictures of how something works at a local swimming pool, a flower on a walk, a particular breed of dog that just moved in with the neighbors next door, or a picture of an antique found at grandma's house. A way for the classroom community to get to know each student. I am trying to think of a way to do this with the barrier of not knowing my students till about two days before school starts. I want their "treasures" to be authentic and not something they scramble around the house trying to find. I have to think more on this one. But, as I keep thinking...enjoy the photos and questions my son would have brought in had he participated in capturing summer wonder!
|The captain said that stone crab and blue crab blow bubbles when angry. "Do the bubbles just tell other crabs that they are angry or do the bubbles somehow protect them?"|
|The osprey return each year to the nest at the top of the pole. The duck at our school returns each year to lay her eggs in the same spot. "Do all birds do this? Do you know of any other birds that return?"|
|Each day at 4 PM we would go down for low tide and use our toes to feel for sand dollars. "How do they know when low and high tide would be?" WONDEROPOLIS has the answer to this question!|
|A local was fishing for shrimp. "I just realized that I only know what a shrimp looks like on a plate! What does a live shrimp look like?"|
|What does "harass" mean?|
|"How does putting the lights out save sea turtles?"|
|We learned from a local on the island that this tree is called a "Live Oak". We even saw one that had a branch go underground and appear in another spot. "How do live oaks grow?"|