There are several great tools online that can create word clouds. Word clouds are a great teaching tool to use as a pre-assessment and post-assessment of what students have learned and how their vocabulary has changed and developed over the course of a unit. The website that I use is www.wordle.net
I got this idea from one of my colleagues for a music class that I am teaching: Musical Mosaic. It is basically a 7th grade music history class. The first day I asked all of the students to write down all of the words that they associated with Music History. I then typed in their lists, including repeated words. The more times a word is repeated, the bigger it is on the word cloud. This is what we came up with on the first day of this class:
Clearly many different ideas about music history that range from the Beatles and wigs to Beethoven and Jazz. This particular unit, that lasted about three weeks, studied music history from Medieval Ages to a brief stop in the 20th Century Art Music genre. I LOVE music history and I wish that I could have spent more time on it, but we have so many other genres to get to this trimester-Jazz is next, just in time for Jazz Appreciation Month!
That being said, today was our last day with classical music history. Tomorrow we take a test and move on. But to wrap things up, we created another word cloud. I asked the students to only use their notes if they were really stuck, and I think they did a great job! Here is what we came up with this time:
You can also have fun with the font and colors....lots of creativity options here!! Also, I don't know what the deal is with the formatting of this particular blog post. It's a bit wonky, but I would never claim to be a tech-savvy person.