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.