Friday, December 2, 2011

STEM Friday: How Does Medicine Know Where You Hurt?

Wonderopolis: How Does Medicine Know Where You Hurt?
November 30, 2011

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Thanks to Mary Lee and Franki at A Year of Reading, I found out about Wonderopolis, which is a daily nonfiction article accompanied by a video and links for further research. Each article begins with a bulleted summary of the article. The text is written on about a 4th or 5th grade level, but you could easily use it as a read aloud in lower grades as well.

Wednesday's article was about pain relievers and  how your body knows where to send the medicine that you take to heal it. Prostaglandin is a chemical sent out by cells to tell the brain where pain is happening in the body. The pain reliever that has gone through your stomach and into the blood stream goes throughout your body with the purpose of stopping cells from transmitting this chemical. Fascinating stuff!

There are several ways you can use Wonderopolis articles in your classroom. I have two computers in my classroom and each daily article is available during Reader's Workshop when my students are independently reading. It is especially helpful for those students who do not read a lot of nonfiction. I will also use an article during read aloud when I am teaching a strategy or skill or just for enjoyment. Wonderopolis is a terrific resource for classroom teachers.

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