I don't know how many of you know about or use Wordle but it's a great site to use in the classroom!
I recently saw this on Pinterest:
I immediately made class list wordles which I can't share for confidentiality reasons.
Then I decided to create some with my students for word choice. I let them each pick a book of their choice. It could be a picture book or chapter book. Then I had them search for words the authors used instead of "said". As they found them, they came up and wrote the words on the board. Next, I put wordle up on the smartboard and started adding their words. Here is what we ended up with:
I will definitely do this again with other "boring" words. As a bonus, I'm also modeling how to use wordle for future projects like traits that describe the main character of a book or the most important words and concepts in the book OR math vocabulary words for each concept...the possibilities are endless! Rather than saving the wordles to the public gallery, I print them to pdf and save the pdf's.