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Student-Generated Real-Time Word Clouds |

Student-Generated Real-Time Word Clouds | | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t love a colorful word cloud? But what I don’t love is the time it takes to input all of the words to create one. My motto is that students should do the work in our classroom, not me. Well, I work a little, but I don’t want to do the lion’s share of the work. The person doing the work is doing the learning, so my students do the heavy lifting in our classroom. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered Mentimeter!
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Here's a clever idea for a blended classroom. It's a dynamic way to get students working together online in realtime.  

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The Showing Hand

Students are introduced to a handy way to remember how to incorporate more details into their writing. 

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Showing not telling is a great technique for any writer.  Thank to Sandy Loucks for this timely video explanation. 

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I found great synonyms for "sensory" on the new Thesaurus.com!

I found great synonyms for "sensory" on the new Thesaurus.com! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Synonyms for sensory at Thesaurus.com with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions. Dictionary and Word of the Day.
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Here's a tool for the flipped or classic classroom. Playing with sense words helps trigger the joy of writing. This is a fine word choice tool.

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Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary ~ Edutopia

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary ~ Edutopia | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Rebecca Alber offers tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms.

Via Jim Lerman
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You have to have the words to practice word choice.

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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

Via Nik Peachey, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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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, 2014 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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Another fine lesson plan from Corbett Harrison. 

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Linking the CCSS with the Trait of Word Choice

Linking the CCSS with the Trait of Word Choice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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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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6+1 Traits Writing Resources: Online Course for Teachers

6+1 Traits Writing Resources: Online Course for Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Fresh resources to help you teach and assess writing with the 6+1 Traits!  Links to lesson plans, sample papers, mentor texts, and our online graduate course in teaching and assessing with the traits. 

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Well organized and recently refreshed resources from wiredinstructor. 

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Wordrobe

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Interesting possibilities here. This is a game system focused on words. They have a section for 'Language Geeks'. There's a competitive social hook as well.  


Worth exploring as a word choice tool.

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Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning

Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There is something to be said for emphasizing the kinds of words and phrases that may not deliver a whole lot of meaning on their own, but when used within a piece of writing, are meaning powerhouses.
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Word Choice!  

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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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Mike Dilger's curator insight, December 25, 2014 4:16 PM

Here are some Word Cloud tools that may be useful.

 

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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.

Via Robin Yu
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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

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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

Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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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Donna Shattuck's curator insight, August 8, 2013 7:02 AM

Fantastic!

Vocabmonk's curator insight, September 9, 2014 5:44 AM

10 Principles for effective Vocabulary.

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 2015 5:44 PM

Education.

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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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