"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library." ~ Jorge Luis Borges

Saturday, November 17, 2012

You're My Wonder Wall

The Wonder Wall is beginning to take shape!
And every day, I find my self humming:

"And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are things that I
Would like to say to you but I don't know how

because maybe, you're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you're my wonderwall."
~Oasis, Wonderwall~

Which, in truth, does not seem to be so far off the mark!

Although definitely not the meaning of the lyrics,
I like to think that this Wonder Wall does save information seekers by answering their questions...
because...all the roads we walk are winding and full of things we do not understand or...wait for it...Wonder about.

I already see where I need to make corrections for next year.  I need to make the "Wonder" and "Wall" signs twice as big, but there is no way I am throwing away good signs, so that will wait until next year.
I need to add some sample questions below the who, what, when, where, why.  I am thinking I will have my kindergarten students help me write these since this idea evolved through their nonfiction unit.  

I will also put wondering questions inside the books cases in the appropriate Dewey area, i.e., "I wonder if sharks sleep?" in the 597.3 section.

I will move the books and stand up sign that are now making that space too busy visually.

Looks like I've got some work to do! 
I wonder when I will get it done? ;)


  1. May I please borrow this idea? Pretty please?

    1. Of course! Please do. I put things up here to share. :)

  2. This looks fascinating. I'd like to hear more about it. (Sorry if you've already posted something that I missed). I've just barely started reading Georgia Heard's "A Place for Wonder"- reminds me of that.

    1. Allison, I referenced it in an earlier post and will work on explaining it further, but it came about because I was trying to move past "information books" and think of something that my K students could really grasp. They are huge nf readers and budding scientists, so the "I wonder why," "I wonder what" type idea popped into my head. I love Georgia Heard's poetry (I know her from a small town in NH!).