What is a wordle?
“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.” -Wordle.net
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How can I integrate “wordles” in my classroom?
I cannot begin to tell you all the ways this can be used. Here are a few to get you started.
- Vocabulary and specialized words per content
- Story summaries
- Visual reminders
- Class or Group Polling
- Main idea
- Character analysis
- Word families
You can save the wordles you create by capturing them using the PrntScrn function on your keyboard and then inserting them in PowerPoint or Smart Notebook or saving them as a graphic file using “Paint” for example.
Examples of wordles:
Collaborative wordle of a story students read during guided reading. After reading a chapter, book, or passage ask student to jot down 5 important words to describe the reading. Combine the list and type on wordle. Instantly you see what the students as a whole got out of the reading. You also may have helped them seek and choose vocabulary carefully as their list was limited.
Wordle of all the content on a website
Individual student thoughts from a story read independently
Keep this wordle clouds in a file and make a digital book a culminating activity or end of the year.