Posted by: Paula Lenox | June 25, 2010

What is in a Wordle?  is a graphic representation of the most frequent words in a text, some refer to it as a ‘cloud text’.  At first glance, you might write this web 2.0 tool off as just another silly tool for the Elementary school, but the usefulness of such a tool goes way beyond that.  Just take a look a a smattering of uses for Wordle:

  • wordle all about me
  • share grading criteria
  • start a discussion on a historical speech or current events speech
  • present new vocabulary – take a wordle walk
  • Guess the story/fairytale (in a foreign language)
  • Present your syllabus in an interesting colorful way
  • Create a cool header for your blog or wiki
  • brainstorm a list of words that describes a person create a card and send it to him/her (mother’s/father’s day… sick relative etc)
  • create a welcome poster with all your student’s names on it for the first day of school
  • Character analysis from a literature book
  • Copy  report text and make a book cover
  • Prefix or suffix list – have students make words
  • create a book cover instead of an AR Quiz

When you want a phrase to stay together insert the ~ symbol between~the~words!

Some ideas came from this creative commons document:

Another great resource created by:  Jennifer Wagner

Have fun and enjoy.  See you tomorrow!



  1. Was inspired to make a wordle of my own. Having a little trouble saving it and finding out how to send it to you.

  2. Was inspired to make a wordle of my own but had trouble saving or sending it!

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