Connect: Second grade is going on a field trip to the Botanic Gardens tomorrow (yes, in the snow). This field trip goes along with the math/science curriculum, so as a literacy teacher I hadn’t really done anything related to it. I decided to do a See-Think-Wonder with my kids to get them thinking about the trip we’d be taking.
What I Did: I showed my classes a picture of the indoor tropical exhibit at the gardens without comment. I asked them to share first what they see, then what they think, and finally what they wonder. With my morning class, I then had the students write their thoughts on a worksheet, with a spot for “What did I learn?” that they will fill out after the fieldtrip. Lacy Smith and I got our afternoon classes together for this routine. After sharing out loud, the students each wrote what they saw, thought, and wondered on stickies and put them on appropriate charts.
Extend: Although this routine is pretty simple, I the students were so into it! I loved that it required them to look at a new image in three different ways. Some of the responses, like “I wonder if they have to water in there or if the water cycle does it naturally?” impressed me. Other responses, like "I think this is at the Botanic Gardens” were less impressive, although still valid. Next time, if I add a learn section again, I will make sure the students connect it to their thoughts or wonderings.
Challenge: This routine, specifically the wondering part, made me think of the wondering part of the weekly Red-Yellow Light routine Mrs. Umberger and I do weekly. Some of the responses were very surface. I think with more time and instruction, the students would be able to express deeper wonderings.