Using Wordle

One of my new favorite technologies to use in the classroom is wordle!  I struggled for awhile to come up with a good idea for how to use wordle in the classroom and then I came up with a really good way to teach Green and Latin roots using wordle.  I didn’t want to just tell the students what the roots mean so I broke my lesson plan down into 4 days of instruction/exploration of each root.  I don’t have much time each day to teach roots so I try to fit it in about 10 to 15 minutes each day.  The first day I teach the lesson I have tell the students the root and have them come up with a list with as many words in it containing that root.  The next day we discuss the words the students find and I have them look up the definitions to the word.  The third day I have the students put the root, the word that contains the root, and the definition into wordle.  Then using wordle, the meaning of the root usually comes up as the biggest or the second biggest word on the page.  I have put an example wordle below using this method.  For the root “tract” the students would brainstorm words using “tract”.  Some examples might be: digestive tract, traction, tractor, extract, contract, retract, and attract.  The students would then look up the words and find the definition.  Then they would put all of that in Wordle.  It is important that the root be put in each time a word and a definition is put into the wordle.  I learned through experimentation that the most repeated words are the largest words in a wordle.  So, it makes sense that the word repeated in each definition will be the meaning of the Greek or Latin root.  The students love finding the meaning of the roots this way and it is so much more engaging than me standing up in front of the class and telling them!

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