Michelle was growing meal-worm beetles with her 2nd graders. She wanted her students to pay careful attention to the beetles, and to observe them through their different life stages. Her students were overrun by fascination with the live animals in front of them. Michelle had hooked her students, but she had no idea what they were thinking or wondering about. So, she used the I notice/ I wonder sentence frame.
Students recorded their observations of meal-worm structures, and asked questions about the different body parts. They wrote: "I notice it has sections," or: "I wonder if it will grow wings." Students recorded their observations of behavior and movement, and asked questions about how meal-worms grow and survive. They wrote: "I notice it is wiggling around," or: "I wonder if it can see like we see."