Friday, April 27, 2012

End-Of-The-Year Gifts For My Kiddos

We have done several Wordle projects this year and my kids have really enjoyed them, so I decided to make word cloud gifts for each one of them for the end-of-the-year.  First I created a handout for them to complete like the picture below.
Each student filled one out choosing words that they felt best described their classmates.  I will confess that we had to do this twice because the first time they did not put much thought into it and used the same words to describe most of the class.  I knew those wouldn't work, so we redid them with more direction this time.  I suggested that they use their lists of character traits and Thesaurus.  They could not use our no-no words like nice, great, awesome (and a few that I noticed they overused or used inappropriately the first time,) AND they could only use the same word twice for the whole class. They could also not use anything mean (I differentiated between mean and honest when I created the word clouds because some words really did fit.)  I really wanted them to think about the words they chose, and most of them did.  One even came up with the word "loquacious" for a student who really is!

Next, I collected all their lists and compiled a word document with the descriptions for each student.
I individually copied and pasted each list into Tagul.com to create the word clouds for each one and saved the images to my computer.  Then I put all of the images into a powerpoint with a title at the bottom.  It took me most of the day to get them all done.  Here is an example with the words the kids used to describe me...



Last weekend I hit up the dollar store for all the 8X10 frames I could get.
Here is what the finished product looks like...




My daughter LOVES them and keeps telling me I am the greatest teacher EVER!  I hope the kids like them!

28 comments :

  1. I love your idea and I wish I can do the same to my students, but I went to Tagul.com and it seems like chinese to me :( Would you mind explaining the process a little bit more, please????? Thanks a lot!!!!!!

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    1. Lili, I just uploaded a video tutorial to my blog. Check it out and let me know if you still have questions.

      Teresa

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  2. I love this...Thank you for sharing!

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  3. LOVE this! Thank you! I may steal it for this year:)

    Krystal

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  4. Great idea! I think I may give this a try. I shared on my facebook and a lot of my followers are liking it too!
    ~Lorraine
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

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    1. Lorraine,
      Give it a try! It took a little time, but it was worth it, I think.
      Teresa

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  5. This is a great idea, something they can keep forever and inexpensive.

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  6. GREAT idea! I will be teaching 4th grade next year and I think the kiddos will LOVE this!

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  7. By the way, thank you for the tutorial. I watched it twice, wrote the directions and will follow them to work on a trial word cloud tonight. Great job!

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  8. My grade level partner and I were just discussing memory books to give our kids at their 6th grade send off-this would be awesome to include in their books!

    Laura
    www.willgradeforcoffee.blogspot.com

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  9. This is the MOST awesome and thoughtful way to present students with a gift, yet something that is heartfelt from the entire class. I can't wait to start this with my kids tomorrow and present these to my wonderful students on Friday. Thank you!!!!

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  18. I did this on tagul, i absolutely love this idea! But I have a question, how did you get the paper to fit in the 8x10 frame?? I just printed all of mine out and they don't fit!!

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  19. can you tell me what font you used for the student handout?

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    1. Barb, the font is Elise, and you can download it for free here...
      http://www.searchfreefonts.com/free/elise.htm

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  20. I just linked to this particular post on my blog: edisonandbean.blogspot.com Thank you so much for the idea and I'm in the process of doing this for my kiddos! I hope they turn as nice as yours did!

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  22. What font did you use on the "Just one Word!" sheet? I love that font!

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    1. I think I mixed a bunch of different fonts. I can't find the original to check. :(

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