Lisa's example - Dr Seuss
Rosalind's example - a Library task
Andrew's example - Language features
Mark's example - Examination of Syllabus
Sarah's example - Word families
Amy's example - Rainforests
Kay's example - You Can Do It
Jane's example - Literacy
Leanne's example - Religions of the world
Genevieve's example - NAIDOC
Primary Library - Wordle is great to use in the Library for many tasks:
* Use in description of characters
* To use words out of a book to interest the students * Children to use wordle using descriptive words to describe their book they are reading (as a
* Great to use as a brainstorming activity, what the children come up with, you can display easily, key words or concepts.
Year 7 Library - In a compare and contrast research task, students create one wordle on each item they are describing. It is another way of presenting a summary of each item.
Secondary English - You could import a list from a word document containing text revision.
Secondary - Students might create their own wordle's from their syllabus. These will be the key words that they need to use when answering extended responce question in their HSC
1: English - Get the students to create their own wordle by giving them a familiar word family to work with eg. at, at, in, id etc. Display wordles in the classroom.
2: Students are given copies of laminated wordles to
3: Students could recreate Wordles by sorting words into the correct word families (this could even be done without computers and students could cut and paste words in their own arrangement).
Stage 2 - The same text was given to the class in their reading groups (support/scaffolding differed). After they read the text a few times they were asked to stop and think which words stuck in their minds and helped them recall/remember what the text was about. After this discussion in groups, the students individually highlighted their words. The words were then typed into Wordle (one per group) and then displayed on the smartboard. We then discussed which words were most popular in groups and why, and what words could be done without.
Secondary - Wordle might be very useful in focussing Year 11 Business Studies students with the key business concepts that should be discussed when writing about the marketing mix. I would print this and pin it in the classroom for the students to see each lesson so they can become more familiar with the language of marketing. I would also add this to the virtual classroom to make their site more interesting.
Students could also make their own Wordle to be creative and to learn the key concepts of a topic. This could be very useful for study when the students need to learn many new concepts. This could be useful for all classes from Year 7 – Year 12 and used as a starting point with the glossary words before teaching a new topic
Secondary retreat experience - create a gift for Year 12 retreat students. I had recorded the affirmations students shared on retreat and used these words to create my Wordle. This was printed in colour and laminated for students. I also put on the card a photo of the group and a short prayer. Most students loved this gift just before trials.
Primary Library Activity - Wordle could be used in a library lesson when researching different animal
shelters.Brainstorm types of animal shelters that we are likely to find in the community. Make a list of these shelters and create a wordle.Circle the shelters on the wordle that have been modified. Brainstorm names for different human shelters. Create a wordle of human shelters. Discuss what people do to modify their environments for shelter. Brainstorm a list of animals and their shelters then children could then create another Wordle putting the animal with its correct shelter using the ~ key.
Secondary studies - To engage students actively in discussion surrounding key issues of current affairs eg the recent release of census data would be particularly interesting to students of Religion (Catholic Studies) to highlight some of the central concerns of a changing religious landscape in Australia, when we undertake our study of the purpose / role of religion in the modern context. Ethical Studies in Year 12 Cathoilc Studies would provide an avenue for the sharing of opinions without peer influence. We would then have a real image of the key attitudes of the students to specific issues which would generate considerable engagement and debate.
Stage 3 (Rainforests, integrating our text type focus of narratives) Visual displays to assist students in
creating rainforest themed narratives. The words to assist students could be put into a wordle and pasted in books as a reference guide for rainforest buzz words. Wordle could be used at the beginning of the year as a 'getting to know you' task in the computer lab. It would assist me in seeing how my students behave in the computer lab as well as providing a fun activity for students to share their interests. The wordles would then be pinned around the room or on the childrens' desks.
Year 4 - As part of my Religion lessons and our Positive Behaviours Systems Program (PBS) we have been looking at ways to promote positives in our classmates. Such a word cloud can have a tremendous impact on a student who has low self-esteem. A wordle would be a fun way to present the main points they have discovered when researching. Also it could be useful for future presentations!
Primary (You Can Do It) - Use the Wordle as
a poster to be displayed that students can access when completing activities related to You Can Do It activities. This Wordle poster could be printed and
displayed around the school playgrounds to remind students about positive behaviours for learning.
Primary (HSIE) Wordle would be beneficial for a brainstorming lesson. Students could create a list of words associated with a topic eg Pollution in HSIE. They could then rank the words in order of importance, making the more important words larger, and the less significant words smaller. I also think it would be very useful for our HSIE and Science topics. Next term we will be studying the HSIE unit 'People and their Beliefs' and it would be great for the students to come up with a list of terms related to this topic, then create a Wordle which could be used as part of a classroom display or as part of the students bookwork.
Gemma's example - word study
Lynette's example - Marketing mix
Melinda's example - Retreat affirmations
Margaret-Mary's example - Brainstorming
Greg's example - The Highwayman
Judith's example - Literacy
Lauren's example - Vocabulary
Kerry's example - Reading
Roxanne's example - Proofreading for Spelling
Sonia's example - ES1