Wordle is used to generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.

In order to save a Wordle, you will need to take a screen shot of it.
To keep words together, use the tilda (~) between words. For example: Happy~Birthday
Wordle: technology integration
Wordle: technology integration

Wordle Ideas:

Math Wordles:
Second grade students found as many ways as they could to make 10 using addition.

Wordles as Assessment:
Two fourth grade teachers wanted to asses their students on their knowledge of common and proper nouns. Instead of creating a written list, the students had to create a Wordle. They had to use ten common and ten proper nouns. One teacher had them use the topic of Autumn/Halloween and the other teacher had them use nouns related to themselves. The teachers were able to grade the Wordles based on whether or not the words listed were nouns (common or proper) and whether or not the proper nouns were capitalized.

A fifth grade teacher was about to start a grammar section about nouns. As an activation strategy, she had the students create Wordles. They had to include 20 nouns: five that named a person, five that named a place, five that named a thing and five that named an animal. The teacher was able to check the Wordles to see if the students understood what nouns were.

Word(le) Families:
A first grade teacher had each student create a Wordle for a different word family. Then the students will put the Wordles into a VoiceThread to share with others and to tell more words that fit into the families. The Wordles were also posted in the class for review.

Synonym Wordles:
A third grade teacher was tired of her students always using the same words (happy, sad, fun, etc.) in their writing. Students worked in pairs to create synonym Wordles to post in the classroom so that they can find new, interesting words to use.

Grandparent Wordles:
First graders made Wordles with their grandparents on Grandparent's Day. They brainstormed words that told about their relationship. They typed in the words and then designed the Wordle. They really enjoyed this activity. The Grandparents were amazed at what the first graders could do.

All About Me Wordles:
Many classes had their students create a Wordle to tell about themselves at the beginning of the year. Some were made into a class book for the students to read in the class library area.

Check out this Wiki to guess the topics of the Wordles-Very Cool!

ABCya! Word Clouds

This is a site similar to Wordle, but even easier to use. You can not keep two words together or control the size of the words as you can in Wordle. You are able to save it as a .jpg to the desktop.


Imagine Chef Word Mosaic:
ImageChef Word Mosaic - ImageChef.com

Another site that lets you create Word Clouds in various shapes.

Word Sift
This site will take a passage that is typed or pasted into it and sort it by the words that are used most often.