Now online: A Place for Wonder

September 23rd, 2009

A Place for WonderFaced with increasing pressure from standardized tests, demanding curriculums, and curtailed recesses, how can primary teachers create opportunities for curiosity, creativity, and exploration? Noted professional and children’s book author Georgia Heard and primary teacher Jennifer McDonough worked together to create classrooms of thinking, questioning, and discovery, and they share their learning in A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades.

Georgia and Jen offer a menu of centers, projects, and ideas that teachers can weave into existing routines to create a “wonder environment,” tapping young children’s inherent curiosity and yearning for exploration. You’ll see how to set a foundation for nonfiction writing and then embark on a nonfiction unit of study where students explore text structures, choose a topic, learn craft, edit, and publish their work.

Filled with classroom vignettes, photos, student samples, and recommended children’s books, A Place for Wonder will give you a vision for transforming your classroom into a place where students constantly ask questions, research answers, write with voice, and use a variety of nonfiction structures and conventions.

Preview the entire book online now!

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