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Ways To Use Wordle in Your K6 classroom.

Ways To Use Wordle in Your K6 classroom.


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  • 1. Ways To Use Wordle In Your Classroom Jen Wagner Revised April 2014
  • 2. What is Wordle http://www.wordle.net/ a graphic representation of most frequently used words. in a speech, in a poem, in a book, in your head, in scripture, in historical document, on a blog, in a wiki, overhead in your classroom, on twitter/plurk, at a presentation or staff meeting, and more! However, it is NOT limited to only frequently used words -- you can create a wordle to be what you wish the wordle to be.
  • 3. Expand Wordle If you use a screen capture tool (such as Jing) and online venues (such as BigHugeLabs or SmugMug) you can create some one-of-a-kind gifts, posters, and more. http://www.jingproject.com/ http://bighugelabs.com http://www.smugmug.com/
  • 4. Wordle Hints •Retype the words you wish emphasized 2 to 3 more times than the other words to make them stand out •Use a ~ between words to group words together such as We~The~People •Look through your font choices •Under layout – you can determine the maximum word usage. Can make your wordle truly POP!
  • 5. Teacher Appreciation Have students brainstorm thoughts and memories about their teacher. Print as poster, mousepad, or magnet.
  • 6. Mother's Day/Father's Day After children create wordle, place the image on a mug. Or use fabric transfer paper and make a tie.
  • 7. Famous Speeches You can find a collection of speeches at http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/previous.htm
  • 8. Class Rules Create your listing of rules or let students create their list. Print as a poster or desk reminders.
  • 9. Student Names Doublecheck and triplecheck you have EVERYONE before printing.
  • 10. Correct Way To Spell Start a list each month of frequently misspelled words, change your wordle each month & compare.
  • 11. Ways To Say Things Differently This can be done in a variety of ways including using the = sign. Such as cat=katze or synonyms/antonyms
  • 12. Characters In A Book Excellent way to share plot, character study, theme, and more.
  • 13. Artwork Reflection Overlay students reflections on a piece of artwork -- a famous artist or your own classroom artists.
  • 14. State Reports Create a unique state report, country report, animal report……….any report.
  • 15. Classroom Lesson Turn your spelling book or grammar lessons into a wordle of review.
  • 16. Poetry Have your students find (or create) a picture that shows a poem. Customize the wordle coloring palette.
  • 17. Tell Me About…… Take a well known item (Olympic rings, maps, household item, etc) and create a wordle inside the object.
  • 18. Guess The Book… Have your students create book jackets based on characters, plots, and locations w/in a book.
  • 19. Review A Historical Document Have students review a document & pull out the words they feel should be emphasized!
  • 20. Create a Memory This idea was use in Texas on June 12, 2009. It could also be used for class subjects or field trip memories.
  • 21. Information Review Clipart courtesy FCIT: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/
  • 22. Special Effects Information Many people have asked how I created the special effects (such as overlays of artwork) I enjoy the software Paint Shop Pro … and within paint shop pro (or any graphics program) – you can create layers in which to manipulate your artwork. The image I used would become the bottom layer and the wordle (which I used a screen capture) would become my second layer. I also used opacity (to subdue some of the backgrounds) and also used EFFECTS to create bevels and shadows.
  • 23. Other Ways To Use Wordle • Rodd Lucier has 20 ways on his blog at http://thecleversheep.blogspot.com/2008/10/top-20-uses-for-wordle. • Murcha has a slideshare of ideas at http://www.slideshare.net/murcha/using-wordle-in-the-classroom-pre • Samantha Lunn has 23 ideas at http://languagesresources.wordpress.com/2009/05/07/23-ways- to-use-wordle-in-the-mfl-classroom/ • Terry Freedman has 5 ideas at http://www.techlearning.com/article/Blogs/20322 • Tom Barrett has a growing list at http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/wordle.htm • Chris Thomas has an excellent tutorial at http://www.iprimary.co.uk/tutorial.php?tutorialID=002  
  • 24. More Than Wordles http://jenniferlwagner.weebly.com/wordles.html
  • 25. Feel Free To Contact Me Please visit my Wordle Resources at: http://jenniferlwagner.weebly.com/wordles.html Please visit my Wordle Pinterest pages at: http://pinterest.com/ProjectsByJen/daily-wordles/ & http://pinterest.com/ProjectsByJen/other-people-s-wordles/ Project By Jen’s Wordles are Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License