Discovery Time: Creating a Winter Wonderland Tour

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If I could travel the world, I would!  I love the excitement of finding a new destination to experience.  I love having the freedom to go wherever I want or can afford whether I have a detailed itinerary or not!  For me, world travel is an adventure.  But, what if you don’t have the time or money to travel?   Shurley English can take you on a global adventure through Discovery Time!  

Discovery Time turns students into researchers. It gives them a chance to learn about different locations around the world, based on clues or tasks to complete.  For example, in Level 8, students choose one of Quigley’s Quests to complete.  One quest may ask the student to make a salt map of Machu Picchu, Peru; another may ask the student to imagine they are hiking the Incan Trail, research it, and create a brochure of must-see sights.  Students are given various options to showcase their creativity.  What an impactful way to teach across different subject areas and inspire your students to think globally!

As your students return from their Winter Break, keep them interested in learning by creating a Winter Wonderland Tour in your classroom!  Your students can make passports, create a travel-map bulletin board full of fun facts, incorporate countries from the Winter Olympics, etc.  You can make this engaging activity as big or as small as you want to. You never know how these experiences could inspire your student(s) to become a real world traveler.

Below, we have provided several examples of Discovery Time to help get you started. In each Discovery Time, students choose a quest and follow the directions to complete it.  Each quest offers great publishing ideas to share their work.  (Here’s more information on how to make the most of your Discovery Time.) If you don’t have Level 7 or Level 8 of Shurley English and would like to explore our curriculum in more detail, we invite you to go to our website and request an online sample of our language arts materials.

Happy traveling!

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Discover Discovery Time

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In order to meet the challenges of today’s work force, students need to be equipped with a broad base of knowledge and the tools necessary to communicate with competence and confidence.  Our Discovery Time enrichment will stimulate students’ interest in a variety of topics, broaden their knowledge base, and provide opportunities for them to communicate what they’ve learned to others! 

Discovery Time is strategically introduced and promoted in each grade level of Shurley English.  Lessons are designed to spark students’ interest in self-guided research as a way to broaden their knowledge base.  Of course, 40+ years of research proves that when learning new information about a topic, prior knowledge greatly impacts a students’ ability to comprehend, draw inferences, and figure out ambiguity.  A broad base of knowledge also helps students think of new ideas related to the topic. 

How It Works: 

Facts about different topics are presented to students during Discovery Time.  Students have the option to pursue any of the topics for further exploration at the library, at home, or on the Internet (with parents’ permission).  After investigating a Discovery Time topic, students may write and publish an independent report to share with others. 


Level 6 Discovery Time Example: 

1. First, students are provided with some interesting information about the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II.

2. Next, students are given several questions to answer that will require more research.

3. Finally, students are challenged to share what they have learned by publishing a report.

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Cindy Goeden

Cindy Goeden has enjoyed being involved with Shurley English for the last sixteen of her twenty-six years in the field of education.  Working with various levels of students in elementary, junior, and high schools, in both the private and public arenas, Cindy surely is thankful for the providential day that she was introduced to Shurley English, which changed forever her approach to Language Arts instruction. That has led to her current job of having the joy of sharing about Shurley with other educators.  Her love of learning has prodded her to earn over two hundred and twenty hours, which includes two bachelor degrees in education.


Cindy currently lives with her husband, Donald, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she enjoys puttering in her flowers, changing up her décor with the seasons, and occasionally getting out and traveling with Donald to either explore a new beach or view historic sights and gardens.