Friday, March 2, 2012

Wonder - Pages 1-26

Ever hear stories about a genie in a magic lamp? This is what a magic lamp might look like.


Doogie Howser was a TV show in the 1980s and 1990s about a genius kid who becomes a doctor at age 16. What does it tell you about the doctor when Auggie was born if his parents kept calling him Doogie? (Um, Doogie's the one in the front.)


Most of us are familiar with Star Wars, and get ready for a ton of Star Wars references in the book. Auggie says that he and Christopher used to play with toy lightsabers, probably something like these. (I think I have a couple of these at home!)


Dragon Rider is a book by Cornelia Funke, who also wrote Inheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath. Imagine reading this when you were six years old. That's kindergarten!


I wish I had some red Adidas shoes like Mr. Tushman.


Rubik's Cube was a popular toy in the 1980s, and no, I could never solve it on my own. Here's the original one plus one made with mirrors like Mr. Tushman has on his desk.

  

Mr. T. was a big time celebrity in the 1980s. He was on the original A-Team TV show. He was also a boxer in one of the Rocky movies, Rocky III. One of his famous catchphrases was, "I pity the fool who ..." followed by some sort of description. Something like, "I pity the fool who doesn't read books!"


Auggie says that Charlotte is wearing green Crocs, probably something like these. Is it important that Auggie has already mentioned other people's shoes twice three times? (I forgot about noticing Mrs. G's brown sandals with the purple flowers.) Does that tell us something about him?


So what is the difference between a tuba and a baritone? Is it worth getting in an argument while giving a school tour? Can you tell the difference? Can you tell which is which?

 

*All images linked to their source.

Continue to pages 27-50.

28 comments:

  1. This is AMAZING. If, at the end of reading, your class would like to get in touch with me or have questions answered, I would be delighted. Feel free to contact me via email: rjpalaciowebmail@gmail.com Thank you for bringing WONDER to your students. Hope they enjoy. -RJPalacio

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    1. I loved Wonder. Such a beautiful story. I'd so reccomend it to my friends who haven't read it. The other 6th graders enjoyed it also. Le'Andra Gilbert

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    2. Loved the book! Would reccomeend to friend. Amazing ending

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  2. Thank you so much, I began reading Wonder to my students about a week ago. Your blog has really helped my bilingual students get a visual representation of the many references that Auggie make in the book. They love the images and are amazed by the book; especially since we had been having some bulling issues. This book truly is a work of art. -B. Garcia

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    1. So glad the site was able to add to the experience of reading Wonder. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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  3. What a great resource! Thanks.. I teach 5th grade and all of these visual references will be so helpful for all my students. My school is trying One School, One Book this year using Wonder by RJ Palacio and I can't wait for my class to come in ready to discuss this very emotional, moving book in September. My own three children are even reading it now and they've used your site. Great Work!!!

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  4. Again, I'm so glad the site is useful. Best of luck with One School, One Book. That's a fantastic idea, and a fantastic book to use.

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  5. Wow! I'm starting it with my 5th graders and my school is reading it in 5th grade school wide. Thanks for your time and sharing. Shay Traywick - Thompson Intermediate

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  6. This is great! We were able to get a class set of this book through donorschoose.org. Can't wait to read it with our 5th grade!

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  7. I also got a set of this novel for my class through Donors Choose. We are just getting ready to start and i am SO glad you have shared this site! Thanks for all of the time you put into it. I teach students with Learning Disabilities and the pictures are a great resource!
    AND, I think it is SO cool that Ms. Palacio commented on your site. :)

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  8. Ms. Palacio has been nothing but supportive about this whole project, sharing details on Twitter, answering questions, and tweeting links to the resources. She's awesome.

    I'm glad you are finding the resources beneficial to your students.

    Brian

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  9. Mr. Wilhorn, Thank you so much for sharing this information! We are using Wonder for a BIG READ at our junior high this year. Your ideas will be so helpful!

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  10. "Thank You" for all your searching and collecting doesn't seem like enough! Our fifth graders will be starting this story after Spring Break... it will be an amazing experience!
    M. Rowland
    St. Michael's Episcopal Day School

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  11. G.S. Lakie Middle School in Lethbridge, Alberta chose the book “Wonder” by R. Palacio for their “One Book, One School” project this year. Over the past two months there have been many magic moments when kids and teachers and parents connected with the book on many different levels. It wasn’t particularly easy to get all the teachers on board to read the book with their advisor classes, but being able to send them the link to your website was indeed a blessing. Teachers could read the book to students and access any and every reference in the book with incredible ease. Your references truly enriched the book. Teachers and students of G.S. Lakie would like to thank you for your big-hearted (and perhaps completely unknown by you) contribution to our “One School-One Book – Wonder” program. We appreciate your hard work and diligent in creating the website and posting it so we could enjoy it. You have gone a long ways to helping us pass on kindness. Thank you Mr. Wilhorn D. King-Hunter

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  12. Wow. Thank you for sharing. Please share back with the teachers that I'm glad the Wonder resources were helpful. When I started posting these images and thoughts to share with my class during our read aloud, I had no idea they would become as widely used as they have.

    But I'm glad they have. Wonder is a book worth sharing, so I'm happy to share the resources.

    Brian

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  13. Dear Mr. W,

    Thank you so much for making this great resource! We have just read Wonder at the end of our grade 4 year. (We are also starting Grade 5 next year at a new school, and it was cool to read about August going through the same thing.) It was really useful to have all these pictures and videos to help us understand all the references we didn't know.

    Sincerely,

    Madame Jessica's class :)
    Westgate School
    Calgary, AB, Canada

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  14. This is an amazing resource! Thank you for sharing!

    Alycia Beresford
    Rsm, CA

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  15. My class is enjoying reading the book and your blog. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. We began reading Wonder today in my 5th grade AIG class. To see my students eyes as I read the first 10 pages to them were unreal. I could see the wheels turning inside their heads. I can't wait to continue our read aloud tomorrow.

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    1. We've already finished for this year. I'm jealous that you still have the whole book in front of you!

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  17. Thank you for sharing this "wonder"ful resource! It will really enhance the students understanding of the text. The music is very rich also and the students are relly enjoying it. Thank you for being so professionally generous!

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  18. Mr.T looks funny LOL

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    1. Can you imagine him as your school's principal?

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  19. I like crocks

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  20. This site is amazing! I plan on using it this fall with my 5th graders as I read aloud this amazing book. Thank you for creating such a valuable resource!!

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  21. I have talked about this book all last year and the impact it can make on a child. I had it on my teacher wishlist and a generous parent is donating 30 copies! We will begin reading next week. This website will be invaluable. Thank you for putting in the time. How amazing that RJ Palacio commented!

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  22. Do you also have discussion questions to go with your fabulous resource?

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  23. Nope, I have no additional questions. I meant for the resources themselves to spark discussion. The only additional questions are the ones students ask. :-)

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