Just learned that Operation Migration now has a web cam on Wild Earth TV. So great to be able to see the chicks live in Necedah, Wisconsin. Can't wait to share this with my second graders once we begin our whooping crane migration study in September! This will really add to the experience! Now I just have to get up early enough to see any of the "costumed" parents in action as they round up the chicks for training. They are usually up with the sun!
As I begin planning for the upcoming school year, I've been playing around with Wordle and thinking of ways to use it in the classroom. Wordle is a free online tool that generates word clouds from the text you provide. You can then edit the layout, font, and color scheme. My first attempt is below. I may send this as a welcoming postcard to give my student a sneak peek at the year to come.
Other ways to use Wordle in the classroom:
1. Welcome sign using student names 2. Classroom rules or mission statement 3. Important vocabulary from a unit of study (science or social studies) 4. Words, phrases to describe the main idea of a book or character attributes