Using word clouds to inspire story telling or discussions is a really interesting way of presenting some motivating information. There are many cloud making programs available, here are some of them:
ABCya Word Cloud for Kids – This is a very simple one and ideal if the children want to make their own clouds which could be used for retelling well known stories such as this one below:
Wordle – This is perhaps the favourite but it can be hard to get the Java working on some machines!
WordClouds.com – Provides another free cloud creator which has a wizard to lead the way. Why not use clouds to find out what children already know so that you can move forward without wasting time?
Tagul – This one is great fun and offers a range of shapes which may add to the interest. It also enables people to pick words to talk about, as one hovers over the image.
Here is a poem starter for the summer holiday: click the link to see the action.
Useful Links to Word Cloud Sites
- Five ways to use word clouds written by Edudemic
- TeachThought – Forty Interesting Ways to use Word Clouds for Learning
- 108 Ways to use Word Clouds in Education.
- Primary English – 10 ways to use word clouds in the classroom.