Quick Idea for Wordle

I’ve mentioned how I use Wordle to make word clouds for parts of speech and other brainstorming activities.

Here is another use I thought of last week during some downtime on conference night. I really wanted to get lesson plans done but after two nights of PT conferences and not feeling so great, this was the most productive I could be.

This is my first batch of posters. All of these terms are covered during our CNN News activity. I will create new ones each time we add a new term.

I was writing these terms on the board daily but this will be much faster. I can have Tweedle Dee pull the right terms out of the stack and hang them up each day depending on the skills we are covering. I put magnetic tape on the back for easy hanging.  I did just read a tip (linked below) how to insert phrases into Wordle. (Use the ~ between words.)

I decided to make a Wordle of my ‘What You’ll Find” page.

6 responses

  1. Love it. I’m going to have to check it out!

  2. I love these simple posters! What a great idea! I’ll have to spend some time experimenting with Worlde. I’ve heard of it before and seen your parts of speech posters, but haven’t taken the time yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I tried to make the posters as simple as possible for my readers who are very low. When I say “theme”…they say “Lesson learned” automatically. Now that I know how to do phrases with the “~” I may redo them, but I kinda like the quirkiness of them, you know?

      1. Yeah! They’re perfect! I have a pretty low class this year, that I think these would be perfect for them. They get straight to the point, and they are a great reference tool for them to use day to day. Good work! 🙂

  3. My students love Wordle! If you haven’t tried tagxedo.com, you might try it as well. It allows you to save files in a variety of formats, which Wordle doesn’t allow. And you can shape your word cloud into an apple, a heart, a cleff note, etc. There are dozens of possible shapes. I had my creative writing students use this as a shortcut to write a shaped poem.

    1. I looked into it the last time you mentioned it because I was really interested. It’s blocked at work and I just tried it but it looks like it is not Mac friendly????

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