Firstly, if you’ve not yet heard of or made word clouds before visit one of the websites below to start making them:
We have recently been looking for ways to engage our Key Stage Two learners in improving their understanding of different word types. One way we’ve found to do this has been through the use of word clouds. At the beginning of some literacy lessons we have displayed a word cloud and then set the children the task of listing different types of words that they can find in the word cloud.
The example below contains nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. The children listed words they thought were examples of each. This lead to a discussion about why words were or were not a certain word type and also lead to discussing words like ‘sprout’, ‘stamp’ and ‘smoking’ that can at different times be classified as more than one of these.
This could also be carried out using time connectives, conjunctions, alternatives for said or contractions missing apostrophes that need adding and so on…
The word clouds are easily created by coping a list of words into the website. Below are examples of the four ideas listed previously:
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