Literacy in Science: Word Clouds
Lesson Objective: Try this unique idea for literacy, and pique student curiosity
Grades 6-12 / Science / Reading

Thought starters

  1. Why is it important for students to consider what they will read before begin reading?
  2. How does this strategy get students curious and excited about what they are about to read?
  3. Consider having students make their own "word cloud" in groups after reading an article.?
23 Comments
I've always done this as a post read- what a great idea!! You can also introduce the essential vocab for a unit.
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Sounds like a good idea to use the "word cloud" with students.
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I love this idea and will try it in history to spark interest. I have been having trouble with wordle. I loaded Java but still no luck yet.
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Love the "word cloud" activity. Will definitely be trying this method when assigning my students the next reading passage in my 8th grade Science classroom!
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love it!
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Transcripts

  • 00:04: PETER HILL: As a science teacher, I think it’s important to teach literacy skills, too, so you can read a

    00:04: PETER HILL: As a science teacher, I think it’s important to teach literacy skills, too, so you can read a newspaper article and figure out the science behind it. One thing I love to do is use word clouds.
    00:14 PETER HILL [in class]: Okay, so here’s what we’re gonna do. Brandon, you cool if we use you first?
    00:18: PETER HILL: Basically, you take an article, and then put it into this computer program, and it generates a world cloud, where the size of words emphasizes their frequency, how often they show up in the article. So what I’ll do is make a word cloud of an article ahead of time and give it to the kids, before we do a reading and have kids anticipate what’s this reading going to be about, what are the main ideas, and then what’s a weird word you see that you don’t know. And I think all of those little quick activities you do that five minutes before reading, it gets the kids engaged in the reading, it gets them curious about what they’re going to read.

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