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Ways To Use Wordle
In Your Classroom
Revised April 2014
What is Wordle http://www.wordle.net/
a graphic representation of most frequently used words.
in a speech, in a poem, in a book, in your head,
in scripture, in historical document, on a blog,
in a wiki, overhead in your classroom,
on twitter/plurk, at a presentation or staff meeting,
However, it is NOT limited to only frequently used words -- you
can create a wordle to be what you wish the wordle to be.
If you use a screen capture tool (such as Jing) and
online venues (such as BigHugeLabs or SmugMug)
you can create some one-of-a-kind gifts, posters,
•Retype the words you wish emphasized 2 to 3
more times than the other words to make them
•Use a ~ between words to group words together
such as We~The~People
•Look through your font choices
•Under layout – you can determine the maximum
word usage. Can make your wordle truly POP!
Have students brainstorm thoughts and memories about their
teacher. Print as poster, mousepad, or magnet.
Mother's Day/Father's Day
After children create wordle, place the image on a mug. Or use
fabric transfer paper and make a tie.
You can find a collection of speeches at
Create your listing of rules or let students create their list. Print as
a poster or desk reminders.
Doublecheck and triplecheck you have EVERYONE before printing.
Correct Way To Spell
Start a list each month of frequently misspelled words, change
your wordle each month & compare.
Ways To Say Things Differently
This can be done in a variety of ways including using the = sign.
Such as cat=katze or synonyms/antonyms
Characters In A Book
Excellent way to share plot, character study, theme, and more.
Overlay students reflections on a piece of artwork -- a famous
artist or your own classroom artists.
Create a unique state report, country report, animal
Turn your spelling book or grammar lessons into a wordle of
Have your students find (or create) a picture that shows a poem.
Customize the wordle coloring palette.
Tell Me About……
Take a well known item (Olympic rings, maps, household item,
etc) and create a wordle inside the object.
Guess The Book…
Have your students create book jackets based on characters, plots,
and locations w/in a book.
Review A Historical Document
Have students review a document & pull out the words they feel
should be emphasized!
Create a Memory
This idea was use in Texas on June 12, 2009. It could also be used
for class subjects or field trip memories.
Clipart courtesy FCIT: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/
Special Effects Information
Many people have asked how I created the special effects (such
as overlays of artwork)
I enjoy the software Paint Shop Pro … and within paint shop pro
(or any graphics program) – you can create layers in which to
manipulate your artwork.
The image I used would become the bottom layer and the
wordle (which I used a screen capture) would become my
I also used opacity (to subdue some of the backgrounds) and
also used EFFECTS to create bevels and shadows.
Other Ways To Use Wordle
• Rodd Lucier has 20 ways on his blog at
• Murcha has a slideshare of ideas at
• Samantha Lunn has 23 ideas at
• Terry Freedman has 5 ideas at
• Tom Barrett has a growing list at
• Chris Thomas has an excellent tutorial at
More Than Wordles
Feel Free To Contact Me
Please visit my Wordle Resources at: http://jenniferlwagner.weebly.com/wordles.html
Please visit my Wordle Pinterest pages at: http://pinterest.com/ProjectsByJen/daily-wordles/ &
Project By Jen’s Wordles are Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States