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Since 2010, Wonderopolis.org has provided free, engaging learning content to millions of learners around the world. Created by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), the site offers thousands of Wonders of the Day® on a variety of topics, each packed with rich informational text, vocabulary words, extension activities, and a media gallery of interesting images and video. Now, our new partnership with Canva, an online design and publishing tool, is taking learning comprehension to an exciting level.

Canva has partnered with the team at Wonderopolis to create a set of Wonder of the Day activity templates that students can complete once they've finished exploring a Wonder of the Day. These templates are designed to further students' learning and help teachers, parents, and caregivers assess students' comprehension of a topic.

“Wonderopolis is a beloved resource for families and educators across the globe and has delivered high quality, free learning content for more than 10 years,” said Dr. Felicia C. Smith, president of NCFL. “Our partnership with Canva is the latest example of our ongoing commitment to offer learners a variety of ways in which to wonder and demonstrate their learning.”

Photo courtesy of Canva

Ready to jump in? 

Here's how students can demonstrate their learning on Canva using Wonderopolis’ Wonders of the Day:

  1. Browse the gallery of Wonders or use the search bar to find a specific Wonder topic.
  2. Explore the Wonder of the Day’s reading passage, comprehension quiz, wonder words, and “Try It Out” extension activities.
  3. For every Wonder, teachers can prompt students to demonstrate their understanding through a visual representation. Open Canva for Education and assign to students a ready-to-use template such as an infographic, graphic organizer (e.g. Venn diagram, K-W-L chart, Pro/Con chart), poster, or more, to share what they learned from the Wonder.
  4. Encourage students to submit their Canva designs and share with others. Groups of students can even collaborate on a design in real-time!

Get inspired with these app-smashing ideas

Here are some top ways to get started with Wonderopolis and Canva!

  • K-W-L Chart: select a Wonder of the Day and ask students to complete K-W-L charts on Canva by sharing what they 1) Know 2) Want to Know and 3) Learn.
  • Poster: challenge students to design a poster that relates to the Wonder of the Day passage.
  • Postcard: imagine you’re mailing a postcard from the distant location featured in the Wonder of the Day. What message would you send home about your experience?
  • Storyboard: design a brief story on Canva based on what you learned on Wonderopolis.
  • See all Wonderopolis templates here!

Wonderopolis and Canva together make learning fun and engaging for students. Wonderopolis is continuously growing our collection of Wonders and Canva is loaded with tens of thousands of ready-to-use educational templates. The educational possibilities are endlessget started today!

Upgrade now to Canva for Education 

If you’re a K12 educator, you can access Canva for Education, Canva's free offering. With it, you get all the benefits of premium features such as millions of images, fonts, graphics, videos, animations, and templates. You also get a dedicated classroom space to invite students and teachers to share, review, and manage your work.

You can sign up here using your school's, department of education's, or Google-certified email domain. Please note, you’ll be asked to verify your teaching credentials so you can access Canva for Education.

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Toyota

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.

Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, it has invested in our organization’s Sharon Darling Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.

Learn more about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to guide potential students and volunteers to literacy services, community education programs, and testing centers in their communities.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994, most recently in Louisville, Kentucky, to support Say & Play with Words, our pre-Kindergarten vocabulary-building initiative.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

U.S. Department of Education

Initiated through the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program provides 12 grantees and 13 states with five-year, $5 million grants to promote and implement systemic evidenced-based family engagement strategies. NCFL was selected to lead SFECs in two states, Arizona and Nebraska, and is a primary partner for two other SFECs in Kentucky and Maryland/Pennsylvania. 

The SFECs work to support family engagement through state- and local-level agencies while providing both professional development to school districts and direct services to families related to children’s academic outcomes and overall well-being.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Education

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NCFL was named a recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s "Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge," which seeks to elevate diverse voices in order to broaden the conversation about the issues inhibiting economic mobility and generate deeper awareness along with actionable understanding. NCFL will develop and launch a podcast series that will highlight the remarkable stories of low-income, diverse families across the U.S. who have improved their communities through Family Service Learning.

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