Friday, November 18, 2011

Wordle

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: 
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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. 

5 comments:

Dee said...

This is SO COOL! I will have to try it out. I love how the word "said" is in big bold red and the other words are surrounding it. Nicely done. Can't wait to try it!
Dee
First Impressions

Becky said...

To make said bigger, you type it in more than once...I think I added "said" 7 or 8 times and all the other words once.

Amy said...

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Mrs. Howard said...

Here's another use for wordle. A freebie from me on Scribd. An about me wordle. Feel free to check it out! http://www.scribd.com/doc/38437507/wordle. Check out my blog for sixth graders and technology at www.yoursmarticles.blogspot.com.

Donna...2nd grade teacher said...

This wordle for "said" goes along great with my upcoming lessons on quotation marks and dialogue tags!

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