Notice and Wonder

Support students to enter the content by engaging in the I Notice/I Wonder protocol
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About This Strategy

The Notice and Wonder Note Catcher supports students to to enter the content and activate knowledge in a low-stakes way. Students observe or read about a new concept and write about what they notice about that image or text and what they wonder about that image or text. By engaging in this activity, students may become engaged with the content before delving deeper.

Implementation Steps

10 minutes
  1. Introduce students to the instructional routine, Notice and Wonder.

    • Model for students what it means to notice and what it means to wonder.

  2. Find a video, image, text, story problem, etc. that aligns to the lesson and have students review it.

  3. Prior to engaging in higher-level thinking tasks, have students review the image, text, story problem, text, etc. and record what they notice and what they wonder in the note catcher provided in the resource section.

    • It may be helpful to begin as a whole class to model this process especially for younger students who may need support differentiating between noticing and wondering.

    • For students who are not able to write, encourage students to draw a picture and label it.

    • Consider using sentence starters to support students with this task. The stems could be:

      1. "I see/read __________, so I predict we might learn about ________."

      2. "I see/read _________, so I wonder___________."

  4. Use the responses to have a discussion to launch the lesson and/or to begin delving deeper into the content.

I Notice/I Wonder in Math

OUR Math utilizes the I Notice/I Wonder strategy frequently in warm ups. While this overview refers to OUR Math, this instructional routine is applicable to all math classes. This routine encourages students to look at media or mathematical representations to support students to have entry to the content and to activate knowledge in a low-stakes way. These warm-ups can help students activate knowledge and become engaged before delving into higher-level thinking tasks.

 

Implementation steps:

  • Locate the Notice/Wonder Instructional Routine within the warm up section of the OUR Math curriculum. You will need to be signed into your free account to access the resources below.

  • Use the image or expression and project for the class to see.

    • If you do not use the OUR curriculum, you can find or create an image or mathematical expression that aligns to the content you are teaching and follow the steps below.

  • As students look at the image or mathematical expression, give them time to determine one thing they notice and one they wonder.

  • Have students record what they notice and what they wonder in their Note Catcher.

  • When students are ready, have them give you a visual cue to signal completion.

Here are some resources to explore from Open Up Math:

  • Have students discuss what they noticed and wondered with their partner.

  • Have students engage in a class discussion about what they noticed and wondered.

  • As students engage in the discussion ask students to agree/disagree and record their results on the board.

    • If the image or mathematical expression is projected, try recording what students are sharing near the image/mathematical expression when appropriate.

    • Consider using a visual cue for agree/disagree to make the discuss run smoothly.

  • Use this warm up to launch the lesson.

I Notice/I Wonder in EL Education or ELA

The EL education curriculum believes deeply in giving students time to making meaning on their own. Tools like the I Notice/I Wonder note-catcher boost inquiry so students can experience productive struggle with new content. To level the playing field, using a tool like the note-catcher provides all students with think time so that discussions can honor and acknowledge all children's voices, not just those who speak up. The I Notice/I Wonder note-catcher can be used to make observations about a text or picture, a set of characters, literary elements across a text,  to find patterns in vocabulary, and activate prior knowledge.

Implementation steps:

  • Create an I Notice/I Wonder Note-catcher. Distribute to students.

  • If you want students to notice characterization of a protagonist, find a selection from the text rich with character development. If the selection is important to the development of more than one character, you could assign half of the group one character and half of the group the other character. The selection could be a first read or a re-read.

  • Give students time to read through the section and determine a few things they notice and a few things they wonder about their assigned (or chosen) character. They should record these in their Note Catcher.

  • When students are ready, have them give you a visual cue to signal completion.

  • Have students discuss what they noticed and wondered with a partner.

  • Have students engage in a class discussion about what they noticed and wondered.

  • As students engage in the discussion ask students to agree/disagree and record their results on the board.

  • Consider asking students to use the list of noticings and wonderings about the characters as they continue to read. Students can make notes about the impact of the development on the story or notice if the character further changes.

To see this protocol in a lesson, click on the resources below.

Special Education Modification

This strategy can support students to enter the content in a low-stakes way. To support students consider the following modifications:

  • Allow students to draw pictures rather than write in the chart if needed.

  • Frequently model and think aloud to support students to understand the meaning behind notice and wonder and to see “the thought process.”

  • Consider providing students with sentence stems. See the EL Education resource below for specific ideas within a given lesson.

  • Provide small group support to students who need help walking through this task.

Questions to Consider

  • How can this strategy support students to enter the content in a low-stakes way?

  • How could this serve as a launch that is engaging for students?

  • What does this look like within your context?

Tech Tools

Google Docs

  • Google Docs is an online word processor (part of Google Apps) that allows you store, create and edit documents collaboratively in a web browser.

  • Google Docs supports this strategy by enabling students to complete their I Notice, I Wonder Note Catcher digitally. In addition, students could collaborate on the Note Catcher or comment through this digital tool.

Padlet

  • Padlet is a digital corkboard type tool that students can use to gather information or reflections. Teachers can easily access each students' Padlet with a shared link.

  • Padlet supports this strategy by enabling students to complete their I Notice, I Wonder Note Catcher digitally. In addition, students could collaborate on the Note Catcher or comment through this digital tool.

Related Lessons

  1. Explore the Getting to know Eliezer's Story: Theme Analysis of Night lesson by 10th grade ELA teacher, Jessica Keigan included in the resources below to see how she modifies I Notice/I Wonder into a similar Note Catcher.

  2. Explore Graphing: Plotting Data by 5th grade math teacher, Erin Doughtry, to see how she modifies I Notice/I wonder to be See, Think, Wonder in her math class.