Place For Wonder (A): Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades


A Place For Wonder: Reading and Writing Nonfiction in the Primary Grades

This book liberates both students and teachers in the primary grades by acknowledging the magical role of wonder and admitting that “not knowing everything” is perfectly acceptable. The authors’ goal is to create a “landscape of wonder.” By designing centers, projects, and clubs, educators can create classroom environments where curiosity is nurtured and exploration is encouraged. A Place for Wonder identifies both the resources and strategies that can be integrated into existing curricula, particularly as it relates to nonfiction reading and writing. It offers a step-by-step guide to planning a unit of study, designing wonder centers (as well as discovery tables, discovery windows, and listening walks, to name a few), stimulating nonfiction writing from the heart, and undertaking nonfiction research “wonder writing” (based on best practices in the teaching of literary responses and writing strategies). Most importantly, the recommendations embody the words of Rachel Carson, “It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate.”


ISBN 9781571104328

Authors: Georgia Heard, Jennifer McDonough

Dimensions: 10" T x 8" W x ½" D

Format: Paperback

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