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Engage in Activities to Add Knowledge of a Term

  • Activity to Try: Cartoon Creation--allow the students to create a cartoon to represent the word. The tool that you use to create the cartoon can by high tech, low tech, or NO tech. Low tech would involve pencils, markers, paper, etc. One teacher did this and each sheet of plain white printer paper represented a frame of the cartoon and the student group made a "wall size' cartoon to define a word or concept. Here are some links to cartoon creators on-line:
    • Pixton http://www.pixton.com/pixton.jpg
      Pixton is a web site where you can create your own comic strips, comic block or comic character. Think about creating an comic/clip art character that you could use in your on-line materials or handouts that will offer tips or suggestions along the way.
    • Bit Strips: http://www.bitstrips.com
      Bit Strips is a web site where you can create your own comic strips, comic block or comic character. If is very similar to Pixton (above) but has a more "elementary" look to the cartoons. One of the features that I really like is that you can set up one account and a classroom of students can be logged into that one account at the same time. It creates a bit of a jumble of cartoon strips, but the advantage is that only one account needs to be created.

  • 21st Century Skill Addressed by This Activity: Communication, Creativity, ICT Literacy
  • Reading Skill Addressed: Vocabulary development & content knowledge


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Wordle Example
Activity to Try: Word Clouds-
-together as a class, in student groups, or individually, allow the students to create a 'word cloud" of synonyms, definitions, or a combination of the two. On-line "Word Cloud" creators have become very easy for students to use. Here are a few:
    • Wordle: http://www.wordle.net
      Wordle allows the user to create a "word cloud" of text that can be typed directly into the text box or words can be copied and pasted into the text box. The more times the word is typed the larger the word appears in the "cloud." Here is a handout on Wordle: Wordle Instructions.pdf
    • Word Sift: http://www.wordsift.com
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      Word Sift

      WordSift helps students sift through written text --they simply cut and paste any text into WordSift and a word cloud is created that is clickable. Students can then click a word and view visual images of the word along with a visual thesaurus. Using the workspace, students can create a visual representation of unknown words, assisting in vocabulary development.
    • Tagxedo: http://www.tagxedo.com/app.html
      This unique tool turns words that you copy and paste (or link) into fun, exciting and "stunning" tag/word clouds or clusters. When working on vocabulary the word clouds can be used for word definitions, synonyms, opposites, analogies, etc

  • 21st Century Skill Addressed by This Activity: Communication, Creativity, ICT Literacy
  • Reading Skill Addressed: Vocabulary development & content knowledge
  • Demonstration Video from ESU#3: Streaming Video Demonstrating Wordle from ESU#3