Using word clouds to incorporate key words into your lessons has real merit. Word clouds are a collection of words tiled together that are easy-to-use and have an impact on learning. They are a great tool for showing key words, building vocabulary and assisting with reading comprehension.
Word clouds can also be used to: showcase the learning outcome for a lesson, introduce yourself in an icebreaker activity, solve a riddle for students, examine a rubric or poll your class on something. They are an engaging way to make your displays more appealing and they really bring a text to life. They speak to the visual affinity that we all have. The size of the words in the cloud depends on the frequency of the word in the text. This acts as an effective learning tool for analyzing key themes in any given text.
To create a word cloud, you will need a generator. While most teachers are familiar with Wordle, below are links to three other good word cloud generators.
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