Welcome to Wonders

Expand their world through literacy

You want all your students to build knowledge while exploring our world through literacy. Literacy is the key to understanding—across time, borders, and cultures—and will help students recognize and embrace the role they play in the world they are creating.

Wonders is an evidence-based K–5 ELA program that empowers students to take an active role in learning and exploration. Your students will enjoy unparalleled opportunities to express and assess themselves through reading, writing, and speaking. They will encounter the right content at the right moment in their learning journey to promote strong educational outcomes for all.

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Grounded in the Science of Reading

Put evidence-based practices to work in your classroom

Drawing upon decades of literacy research, we built Wonders to deliver high-quality literacy instruction backed by the Science of Reading. Our program is underpinned by the findings of preeminent reading researchers—because modern classrooms should be served by proven instructional practices.

Learn more about our research into the Science of Reading.

From left to right, Wonders authors Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Dr. Douglas Fisher, and Dr. Jan Hasbrouck.

A Love of Literacy Begins with Phonics

Build a strong foundation for success with daily, explicit, systematic instruction

Make phonics explicit and bring foundational skills to the forefront of instruction, ensuring that every student has the building blocks needed to succeed on their journey through literacy.

Learn more about Wonders foundational skills on our pedagogy page.

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Reach Every Learner

Enrich, extend, and support learning for all your students

The path to success doesn’t look the same for every child. Wonders helps you accommodate varied learning needs with instructional on-ramps, scaffolded supports, ELL resources, and data-driven differentiation to teach, reteach, or extend—broadening all students’ horizons.

Access, Support, and Success for English Language Learners

Wonders ELL components provide unparalleled support for English language acquisition in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Wonders ELL components provide unparalleled support for English language acquisition in all four domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Check out the extensive support in the ELL Small Group Guide.

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Provide Equitable Access to Texts

Support meaningful connections to content area learning as well as literature and Leveled Readers at three complexity bands—and a fourth level for English language learners. Leveled Readers accelerate learning and build knowledge for all students.

A. Unit Vocabulary is bolded to reinforce knowledge building.

B. Captions and callouts add context to images, maps, diagrams, and charts.

C. ELL Readers are designed to support language acquisition and academic vocabulary.

Enrich Instruction for All

For students who seek more challenging activities or those who may benefit from intervention, differentiated learning opportunities and scaffolding are provided in small group lessons, leveled readers, genre passages, comprehension lessons, and center activities.

Gifted and Talented feature boxes highlight ways to synthesize knowledge and extend learning.

Assess when students are ready to “Level Up” to increasingly complex texts.

Tier 2 support includes daily quick-checks of understanding and suggestions of specific small-group mini-lessons for quick remediation.

If They Read About It, They Write About It

Extend opportunities for students to put their ideas into writing

Strong communication skills help children navigate their world. Wonders provides students in grades K–5 with daily opportunities to practice both process and on-demand writing. A strong focus on extended writing to multiple sources prepares students in grades 2–5 for what they will experience on test day, whether they will take SBAC, AIR, or SBACC state assessments.

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Empower Students by Listening to Voice and Honoring Choice

Encourage growth and exploration by promoting social and emotional learning and student agency

When academic and personal growth go hand-in-hand, the whole child flourishes. Wonders has built-in opportunities for students to exercise agency and engage in social and emotional learning, all while hitting targeted literacy skills. Moments presenting choice and encouraging self-reflection empower young people to play an active role in their education.

Wonders has collaborated with Sesame Workshop to integrate SEL skills directly into the curriculum, instruction, and resources.

Learn more about our collaboration with Sesame Workshop.

Expand Their World Through the Wonders of Literature

Build knowledge and broaden horizons

We are committed to showcasing diversity throughout Wonders, not only because all children should feel represented in their readings, but also because we recognize that literacy can help promote understanding. That’s why we have selected authentic texts that feature diverse lived experiences, written by authors from a range of backgrounds and cultures.

Invite students to explore their world with instruction that:

  • Provides a 50/50 balance between literary and informational text to enhance content area learning.
  • Includes both classic and contemporary works in various genres that highlight a diverse range of people and experiences.
  • Focuses on social emotional learning and student empowerment with texts that model social justice and how students can impact their communities.
  • Offers Culturally Responsive Lessons to help students and teachers read selected texts through a culturally responsive lens and highlight a diverse range of people and experiences.
  • Supports teachers with examining unconscious bias and conducting sensitive conversations.

A Shared Commitment to Student Success

Collaborating with you to empower great teaching and learning

Wonders is currently used by thousands of satisfied teachers and millions of students across the United States. The program presents qualitative and quantitative evidence of literacy advancement, including:

The EdReports.org evaluation in which Wonders ©2020 was highly rated across the three gateways: Text Quality and Complexity, Building Knowledge, and Usability.

Case studies and testimonials from a range of customers in districts with differing needs. All these districts acknowledge that Wonders contributed to student success.

An independent efficacy study, in which the students using Wonders showed significant gains from beginning-of-year to end-of-year exams. The study supports that there is a causal link to Tier III promising evidence, based on ESSA guidelines.

Preparing Every Teacher to Support Every Student from Day One

With on-demand, point-of-use resources, support is at your fingertips to help you maximize the power of Wonders

Your teacher digital workspace provides extensive guidance to help you effectively and easily implement Wonders. Digital supports will introduce you to the curriculum and the instructional path, give you an overview of resources, and provide guidance for administering placement and diagnostic assessments.

You’ll also get model classroom videos and ready-to-teach modules, designed to support district coaches and facilitators as they deliver on-site or remote Wonders support sessions.

Learn more about the extensive digital support available in Wonders.

Develop Critical Readers, Writers, Communicators, and Thinkers

Wonders Instructional Model

Reading

Build Knowledge Through a Text Set

  • Investigate an Essential Question.
  • Read a variety of texts.
  • Closely read texts for deeper meaning.
  • Respond to texts using text evidence.
  • Conduct research.
  • Share your knowledge.
  • Inspire action.

Writing

Communicate Effectively Through Writing

  • Analyze mentor texts and student models.
  • Understand purpose and audience.
  • Plan writing, using sources as needed.
  • Conference with peers and teachers.
  • Evaluate work against a rubric.
  • Improve writing continuously.
  • Share your writing.

Instruction Aligned to the Science of Reading

Reading

Explicit instruction supports students in building knowledge:

  • Foundational Reading Skills
  • Phonics/Word Analysis
  • Fluency
  • Reading Literature
  • Reading Informational Texts
  • Comparing Texts
  • Vocabulary
  • Researching

Writing

Skills-based mini-lessons support students in developing their writing:

  • Writing
  • Narrative Writing
  • Argumentative Writing
  • Expository Writing
  • Handwriting
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Following Conventions
  • Creating and Collaborating

Differentiation

Differentiate resources, instruction, and level of scaffolds.

Small Group Teacher-Led Instruction

  • Choose from small group skills lesson options to target instruction to meet students’ needs.
  • Read texts with scaffolded support.

Independent/Collaborative Work

  • Students transfer knowledge of skills and standards to independent reading and practice.
  • Students transfer skills to their writing.

Extend, Connect, and Assess

At the end of the unit, students transfer and apply knowledge gained to new contexts.

Demonstrate Understanding

  • Extend knowledge through online reading and Reader’s Theater.
  • Connect ELA skills to content area reading with science and social studies texts.
  • Assess learning with program assessments.