Tag Archives: Word Clouds

Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Since my last two posts have been Mo Willems themed, I thought I’d share this Elephant and Piggie project from earlier this spring.

In addition to loving The Pigeon, we also LOVE Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books. So naturally, while working on inferring character traits, we used these two hilarious characters.

As we read multiple Elephant & Piggie books we recorded out inferences based on their actions in the book. Each student had a thinking map and were encouraged to use both pictures and words to record their thinking. We had great discussion, and ended up making a class word web for each character too.

Character Traits: Sketchnotes and Word Clouds

The way students can record their thinking never ceases to amaze me. Just look at these words and pictures. 1st grade sketchnotes are just incredible! 

Character Traits: Sketchnotes and Word Clouds  #literacy

Character Traits: Sketchnotes and Word Clouds #sketchnotes

 

Then after fisishing our book study, we worked in partners to create word clouds with   ABCya’s Word Cloud app. Students added words from each of their notes, and carefully selected colors and fonts to fit their character.

character trait fun with sketchnotes and word clouds

They really enjoyed repeating specific words to give them more “weight” in their word cloud.

character traits: sketchnotes and word clouds #ipaded

Then we put everyone’s work together in a Haiku Deck. I think they made the character traits really shine through!


Elephant & Piggie Character Traits – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

I hope our simple project will inspire something great in your classroom!

MZ Sig

Fun with Flipagram

Fun with Flipagram

Have you tried Flipagram yet? It is such a versatile tool for making thinking visible, and I love that your video saves to the camera roll automatically! The app smashing potential is very high! Yesterday afternoon I did a Tech Tips session for my campus about Flipagram, and everyone was really excited! There were both… Continue Reading




iHaiku You

iHaiku You

Tomorrow I’m excited to share about creating iPoetry at iPadPalooza 2014. This week has been filled with great sessions, awesome connections, and new ideas to celebrate! My brain is full of things to test out over the summer and as soon as I get back to my classroom! Below is the Smore for my iHaiku… Continue Reading




Year End Projects – First Grade Poets Create An Anthology

Year End Projects – First Grade Poets Create An Anthology

In order to keep us both excited, and reflective, about our year together my First Graders have been furiously working on creating an anthology. Just the word “anthology” has gotten them excited. It’s so much more interesting than just saying yearbook. We brainstormed a list of all the things we have done this year –… Continue Reading




Earth Day ThingLink – A Day Late

Earth Day ThingLink – A Day Late

So, I may be a day late and a dollar short on Earth Day, but I haven’t gushed about how ThingLink is an awesome curation and app smashing tool in a while so I wanted to share some of what my class did to celebrate. We are starting to dig into synthesis, including author’s purpose,… Continue Reading




#appsmash4 Challenge –  Word Clouds & Educreations

#appsmash4 Challenge – Word Clouds & Educreations

It’s day 2 of the #appsmash4 challenge, and I’m excited to share something SMIPLE, but fun and effective. Last week I discovered ABCya.com’s app Word Clouds, and was so excited! I’ve played with several word cloud generators for the iPad before, but hadn’t found one I really loved enough to pay for on all our… Continue Reading