6 Buncee Activities to Enrich Your Students’ Experience with Wonder

I really loved reading RJ Palacio’s Wonder with my students. We shared laughs, tears, and righteous anger. The most powerful thing that I watched happen in my class, though was seeing my students draw parallels to their own lives. Nobody in our class had Auggie’s struggles, but we all had moments in which we felt tiny, unloved, and insignificant, so Ms. Palacio really touched a nerve there. But more powerful were the times that we saw ourselves in the unkind behaviors. As we reflected on how we treat others, none of us was proud to admit that we all have had some Julian in us at times.

Some books are just fun read alouds. They’re good for laughter and chatting about story structure, main idea, or foreshadowing. Other books, though, books like Wonder, make you really want to dig in with your students. You’re not just practicing good reading skills, you’re practicing your humanity. It’s this that made me want to take a crack at putting together some Buncee activities to help a class do just that. So if you’re reading Wonder, or are planning to, maybe these activities can help you and your students to #ChooseKind:

 

  1. Choose Kind Pledge

My students and I had a copy of the Choose Kind Pledge Poster. We all signed it, and we referred back to it. It was a nice tool for us to focus on being good to each other, but I’ve found that if a student personally creates something, they are more likely to take it to heart. In this spirit, I think you’ll find more power in having students design their own Choose Kind Pledges in Buncee. You can set your expectations for their work, but to my mind, if they include a sentence saying that they will choose kind, and sign their name, you’ve got some powerful posters of your own! Collect them in a Buncee Board, and you have a document of intention for your class to follow!

Click here to see the Choose Kind Board

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  1. Kindness Journal

One way to reinforce a practice of kindness is to encourage your students to think about it daily. I’ve put together a copyable Buncee journal with ten prompts ready for your students to respond to and record their thoughts on their feelings and the feelings of others. When your students complete all ten entries, perhaps you can have them help to write more prompts and make this last as long as you'd like!

Click here to go to the Kindness Journal template

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  1. Response Journal

I’ve put together this copyable journal with places for your students to reflect and create in response to each of the numbered parts of the book. There are two pages for each section, a place to create your favorite of Mr. Browne's Precepts, and a page to record your review of Wonder!

Click here to go to the Wonder Response Journal

 

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  1.  Wonder Me Self Portrait

One of the important lessons of Wonder is that Auggie is so much more than what you see when you look at him. He’s a brother, a son, a friend, a dog lover, a Star Wars fan, and he’s got a great sense of humor. With Buncee’s avatar tools, your students can make a Wonder style self portrait, and then make a word cloud of things about themselves!

Click here to see more of the Wonder Me Self Portait

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  1. How I Can Choose Kind - Word Cloud/Poster

It’s easy to say that you’re going to Choose Kind, but sometimes it can be hard to put words into action. Give your students a hand by having them brainstorm and create a poster of ways that they can Choose Kind every day! This is a great way for them to practice writing and design with a topic that will help them to make their world a kinder place.

Click here to go to a copyable version of this poster

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  1. Precepts Buncee Board

Mr. Browne’s Precepts really help to set the tone of the book. Have your students create a Buncee of one of their favorite precepts, and then collect them in a Buncee Board for all to see. If you need inspiration, feel free to check out my friend Matt Ostrowsky’s Board (linked below).

Click here to go to the Mr. Browne's Precepts Board

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 Sean Farnum is a teacher, troublemaker, the host of the #2PencilChat, and the producer of The #BestClass Podcast. He is an Education Associate at Buncee and runs the Buncee Ambassador Program. He thinks you’re pretty great.

7 Comments

  • November 8, 2017

    Lesa

    These are so great! Our 5th graders are finishing the book and attending opening day of the movie next week!
    Did you use buncee stickers to make the pages?
    I would love to do these activities or share them with the classroom teacher but I don’t see the directions for how to use the templates? I thought you were supposed to copy the buncee to add it to my page and then I could attach it in an assignment? When I opened all the templates they only have an option to SHARE them with a link or embed code. I’ll try to do a little more digging to figure it out but I thought you might be able to help. :-)
    Thanks again!

  • November 8, 2017

    admin

    Hi Lesa! Everything that I used in the Buncees came from our sticker library. Most of the stuff that I shared is text based, that was just a matter of changing fonts, sizes, and color. For the faces in the portraits, type in face in stickers (or the search bar) and you’ll find lots of blank faces, eyes, noses, mouths, and hairstyles! I hope this helps!

  • November 13, 2017

    Joni Harris

    I love these ideas! I am the librarian at an elementary school, and our students love using Buncee and our 5th graders just started reading WONDER.

    When I go to you Buncee templates, there is not an option to copy. You mentioned, for example, that the journal is copyable. Can you go back and check the settings to be sure that it is set to copy. Right now, it is only viewable.

    https://buncee.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115007292887-How-To-Copy-Buncees-

    This would be a great resource for our students!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • November 13, 2017

    Joni Harris

    It must have been corrected. I now have the option to copy. My students and teachers will love these resources. Thank you again for sharing!!! AWESOME!

  • November 13, 2017

    admin

    Hi Joni! So happy to hear that you’re able to Copy now! It may have been because you weren’t logged into Buncee when your first viewed the Buncee; the Copy button only appears when a user is logged into Buncee. Glad it worked out & so happy to hear that you’ll be using these activities in your library!

  • December 11, 2017

    Sylvaine Tremblay

    Hi! Thank you sooo much for these templates. Here is my problem. I bought the audio version of Wonder. I also asked my Ss to complete the Wonder Response Journal. We listened to about 12 pages and then completed part 1 (August). Today, we listened to 14 more pages. But I could not understand why part 2 was about Via… Could anyone tell me which pages correspond to each segment? Thank you!

  • December 26, 2017

    admin

    Hi Sylvaine! Unfortunately, we don’t know at the moment which pages correspond to the audio version of the book. But we’ll do some research and ask around!

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