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The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!)

The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Word clouds are fun ways to get students thinking creatively about any topic. The problem is that it’s sometimes difficult to find the one that best meets your needs. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the dirty work out of it and compiled The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Educational Tools for Teachers! Utilize these free educational technology tools to get your students’ minds immersed in any new topic.
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Brainstorm, revise, word choice, organize... all in a playful environment.   Engagement with the writing process is a sweet thing.

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Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com.

Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, November 27, 2013 7:36 PM

This does what Freerice.com does but with context and a little better. Freerice is for a good cause though, and has subjects other than just English vocabulary.

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It’s Not Word Bling: 7 Interesting Ways You Can Play With Word Clouds

It’s Not Word Bling: 7 Interesting Ways You Can Play With Word Clouds | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We, the denizens of the Web, who live and work here also call them as tag clouds. Call them “word clouds” or “tag clouds” – they are visualization tools that helps your brain process information in a rather unique way.

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Jane Logan's curator insight, September 12, 2013 5:26 AM

I will be looking at many of these activities to do with my class

Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, September 12, 2013 6:17 AM
I particularly liked the idea of the writing activity. Thanks.
Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:17 AM

Some useful ideas for using word clouds in class.

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6-Traits Resources: Word Choice Archive

6-Traits Resources:  Word Choice Archive | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Here's my archive of over 60 articles on Word Choice.  You'll never be short on word choice methods again!

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Exploding Moments and Shrinking Centuries | Student Lessons in Revision with Barry Lane | KET Video

Exploding Moments and Shrinking Centuries | Student Lessons in Revision with Barry Lane | KET Video | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This program provides writing exercises to help students expand small moments in time by using vivid detail, thoughtshots, and snapshots. Alternatively, it also includes exercises for compressing a long period of time into a single sentence or scene.

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Barry Lane does a wonderful job with his video lessons. Inspiring! 

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

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At its core, the six-word memoir teaches us to be concise but also introspective. Try describing yourself in six words. Not easy, right?


So how does the six-word memoir make sense in a history class? As a history teacher, I am always looking to integrate my class with as many different disciplines as possible. I also try to turn my students away from being just consumers of information and toward being global creators of everything cool. When I learned that the National Writing Project teamed up with Mozilla to create a Thimble webmaking application for six-word memoirs, I began to realize the potential this could have in my history classes.

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Who said, "Brevity is the soul of wit..." ? 

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Infographic: 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction > Eye On Education

Infographic: 10 Principles for Effective Vocabulary Instruction > Eye On Education | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 17, 2013 3:24 PM

good list

Donna Shattuck's curator insight, August 8, 2013 7:02 AM

Fantastic!

Vocabmonk's curator insight, September 9, 5:44 AM

10 Principles for effective Vocabulary.

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read alouds for writing and reading workshop

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kindergarten teacher Joyful Learning In Kc is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, March 10, 2013 8:57 AM

Can we use pinterest to create a useful reading list for every grade level

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What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts?

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Growing excitement around technology’s potential to transform the classroom has the education community chattering about laptops, tablets and smartphones. Continue reading →

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It was word processing that pulled me into technology.  I recall many English teachers telling me that word processing was going to ruin writing. 


And so it goes....

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:13 PM

Kidblog and Collaborize Classroom are two tools that work for me in language arts and book clubs.  What works for you?

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Delete These Four Words to Improve Your Writing Right Now

Delete These Four Words to Improve Your Writing Right Now | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

New writers struggle with writing, not because they don’t have a command of language. They do. Rather, they use a lot of needless words.


You will greatly improve your writing if you can just stop using these four words.

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Oxford English Dictionary Wants You To Help Crowdsource Word Origins | Edudemic

Oxford English Dictionary Wants You To Help Crowdsource Word Origins | Edudemic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

The Oxford English Dictionary wants YOU! They’ve just launched OED Appeals, a dedicated community space where OED editors solicit help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to editors, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.

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Jane Hirshfield: The art of the metaphor

Jane Hirshfield: The art of the metaphor | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
How do metaphors help us better understand the world? And, what makes a good metaphor? Explore these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg, who have mastered the art of bringing a scene or emotion to life.
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12 Vocabulary Apps for Kids : With Common Core Alignment!

12 Vocabulary Apps for Kids : With Common Core Alignment! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
FREE & fabulous - World’s Worst Pet-Vocabulary, an educational app for kids in grades 4 – 8. Snargg, a cute blue pet needs kids to use their vocabulary skills to get him out of trouble. The app...
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The author of this article put in the time to align the apps to CC standards.

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All Ten Common Core-friendly Vocab Lessons are Completed!

All Ten Common Core-friendly Vocab Lessons are Completed! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
If you purchased our new Vocabulary Product this summer, then you were just sent the final updates for that product, and you should now have ALL TEN vocabulary…
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More great lesson ideas from Corbett Harrison...

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OneLook Dictionary Search

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Word Mover - ReadWriteThink

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Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text.
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Combining Vocabulary Instruction with Poetry, Mini-Lessons for Writing, Etymology, and Grammar Skills...Take that, Common Core!

Combining Vocabulary Instruction with Poetry, Mini-Lessons for Writing, Etymology, and Grammar Skills...Take that, Common Core! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbet Harrison: This last school year, I decided I wanted to try something different with vocabulary. I used to give them lists to memorize, but Common Core wants me to push them past rote memorization, which I understand, and--quite frankly--I support. This entire last school year had me toying with new ways to teach vocabulary skills with other things I found myself losing the time to teach well. I consolidated my vocabulary expectations with poetry, etymology, and grammar lessons, and I ended up discovering a great new way to expand my students vocabularies while they were practicing other skills of language arts, skills that appealed to both my recklessly creative and my linearly logical kids.

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Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary

Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
See and hear the meaning

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 30, 2013 11:07 AM

Great contribution to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 30, 2013 10:17 PM

Great tool for reaching visual and auditory learners!

Mrs Le Roy's curator insight, February 3, 4:15 AM

un dictionnaire où on peut voir et entendre le sens des mots !

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Always Write: The Boy Who Loved Words

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Overview: Students (and teachers) will begin by sharing things they collect. The class will then brainstorm as many different things people collect that they can think of. The brainstorm will continue as students brainstorm all of the different ways people can display their collections. After sharing from The Boy Who Loved Words, the teacher will challenge the class with this metaphor/simile: "Suppose people could collect words in the same way that they collect butterflies. Suppose they displayed the collected words in the same way that collected butterflies are displayed. What would that display case look like?" After drawing a "cover page" to introduce a special vocabulary section of their writer's (or interactive) notebooks, students will learn a format for collecting favorite words they come across during the upcoming school year.

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Linking the CCSS with the Trait of Word Choice

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Word choice embraces all the words and phrases a writer uses to create meaning, imagery, or voice.
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Wordament

Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. 


You are playing the exact same game with hundreds around the world at the same time. Every time a new game starts – that game is being presented to everyone. After every game your stats show up and shortly after you are compared to every player in the world that played along side of you.


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Here's a mobile app that allows international game play in real time.  A great voabulary drill and builder and a fine on demand skill builder. 

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nicolaperry's comment, December 27, 2012 12:44 PM
If you have an iphone
Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, December 27, 2012 5:21 PM

Worth a look for language teachers.

Katharina Kulle's curator insight, December 28, 2012 5:37 AM

Samma princip som Ruzzle men på en enklare nivå

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Words Toolkit - LiveBinder

Words Toolkit - LiveBinder | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The purpose of this Words Toolkit is to help you expand your vocabulary and improve your expression. Convey ideas clearly and fully, and use logic, creativity and imagination in a powerful way with well-chosen words. You may write in detail or in a concise fashion. Who is your audience? Choose words that be understood by your intended readers.
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