In the library, we created Summer Reading wordles with each class in grades 3-5 as an opening circle activity. Last year, most students had read from a prescribed summer reading list, but this past summer we tried something different. Students were able to read any book at all. It's interesting to see which books, characters, and series rise to the top, even without a list. It's also helpful to me to create a consideration list of books students are mentioning that we do not (yet) have in our library. Wordles are being created for each class and then I plan to compile lists for each grade and then a combined list for all the upper grades in our school.
What are some other ways teachers can use wordless in the classroom:
- Surveys (if you would make a graph, you can make a wordle)
- Favorite color
- Mode of transportation to school
- Famous speeches, songs, passages from a book, and students' own writing can take on a new form.
- Take a political figure's speech, put it in a wordle and see what they are REALLY saying.
- In music class, import the lyrics to a song and see if students can identify the song based on the wordle.
Can you guess?
- Ask students to create poetry with words and create a visual representation. They can repeat the words they want to emphasize.
Check out wordle at http://www.wordle.net/
If wordle has you wondering, check out tagxedo for more word artistry using specific shapes.
What ideas do you have for incorporating wordle or tagxedo into your teaching? Share in a comment below.