Monday, November 25, 2013

Try a Word Cloud to:

Introduce a literacy lesson

Introduce vocabulary in a story

Introduce or review word types

Introduce or review contractions with missing apostrophes

Introduce or review time-connective words

Introduce or review alternatives for the word "said"

Here's how to create a word cloud:

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Don't use Chrome because Wordle requires Java. Chrome does not support Java 7 on Mac OS X. Java 7 runs only on 64-bit browsers and Chrome is a 32-bit browser.

Enter all the words you want to include in any order. The more times you enter a word, the bigger the word will appear in the Wordle or word cloud. You can also copy and paste text into the Wordle window. 

For example: 

This is text from the first chapter of Peter Pan:
The way Mr. Darling won her was this: the many gentlemen who had been
boys when she was a girl discovered simultaneously that they loved her,
and they all ran to her house to propose to her except Mr. Darling, who
took a cab and nipped in first, and so he got her. He got all of her,
except the innermost box and the kiss. He never knew about the box, and
in time he gave up trying for the kiss. Wendy thought Napoleon could
have got it, but I can picture him trying, and then going off in a
passion, slamming the door.

Mr. Darling used to boast to Wendy that her mother not only loved him
but respected him. He was one of those deep ones who know about stocks
and shares. Of course no one really knows, but he quite seemed to know,
and he often said stocks were up and shares were down in a way that
would have made any woman respect him.

Mrs. Darling was married in white, and at first she kept the books
perfectly, almost gleefully, as if it were a game, not so much as a
Brussels sprout was missing; but by and by whole cauliflowers dropped
out, and instead of them there were pictures of babies without faces.
She drew them when she should have been totting up. They were Mrs.
Darling's guesses.

Wendy came first, then John, then Michael.

For a week or two after Wendy came it was doubtful whether they would
be able to keep her, as she was another mouth to feed. Mr. Darling was
frightfully proud of her, but he was very honourable, and he sat on the
edge of Mrs. Darling's bed, holding her hand and calculating expenses,
while she looked at him imploringly. She wanted to risk it, come what
might, but that was not his way; his way was with a pencil and a piece
of paper, and if she confused him with suggestions he had to begin at
the beginning again.

"Now don't interrupt," he would beg of her.

"I have one pound seventeen here, and two and six at the office; I can
cut off my coffee at the office, say ten shillings, making two nine
and six, with your eighteen and three makes three nine seven, with five
naught naught in my cheque-book makes eight nine seven--who is that
moving?--eight nine seven, dot and carry seven--don't speak, my own--and
the pound you lent to that man who came to the door--quiet, child--dot
and carry child--there, you've done it!--did I say nine nine seven? yes,
I said nine nine seven; the question is, can we try it for a year on
nine nine seven?"

"Of course we can, George," she cried. But she was prejudiced in Wendy's
favour, and he was really the grander character of the two.

"Remember mumps," he warned her almost threateningly, and off he went
again. "Mumps one pound, that is what I have put down, but I daresay
it will be more like thirty shillings--don't speak--measles one five,
German measles half a guinea, makes two fifteen six--don't waggle your
finger--whooping-cough, say fifteen shillings"--and so on it went, and
it added up differently each time; but at last Wendy just got through,
with mumps reduced to twelve six, and the two kinds of measles treated
as one.

Now in Wordle form:

Vocabulary for plate tectonics:
Sedimentary rock
Strike-slip fault
Transform boundary
Shield volcanoes
strato volcano
convergent boundary
continental drift

Now in Wordle form:

Variations of the word "said"
  • Accepted, Accused, Acknowledged, Admitted, Advertised, Affirm, Agonized, Agreed, Alleged, Announced, Answered, Appealed, Apply for, Arranged, Articulated, Asked, Asserted, Asseverate, Assumed, Assured, Attract, Aver, Avow,
  • Barked, Bawl, Bawled, Beamed, Beckoned, Begged, Bellowed, Beseeched, Blubbered, Blurted, Bossed, Breathed, Broadcast,
  • Cajole, Called, Carped, Cautioned, Censured, Chimed in, Choked, Chortled, Chuckled, Circulate, Claim, Comforted, Conceded, Concurred, Condemned, Confer, Confessed, Confided, Confirm, Consoled, Contend, Continued, Crave, Cried out, Criticized, Croaked, Crooned, Crowed,
  • Declared, Defend, Demanded, Denote, Dictated, Disclosed, Disposed, Disseminate, Distribute, Divulged, Drawled,
  • Emitted, Empathized, Encourage, Encouraged, Entreated, Exact, Exclaimed, Explained, Exposed,
  • Faltered, Finished, Fumed,
  • Gawped, Get out, Giggled, Given, Glowered, Grieved, Grinned, Groan, Groaned, Growled, Grumbled,
  • Handed on, Held, Hesitated, Hinted, Hissed, Hollered, Howled,
  • Impart, Implied, Implored, Importune, Inclined, Indicate, Informed, Inquired, Insisted, Interjected, Invited,
  • Jabbered, Joked, Justified,
  • Keened,
  • Lamented, Laughed, Leered, Lilted,
  • Maintained, Make known, Make public, Marked, Mewled, Mimicked, Moaned, Mocked, Mourned, Murmured, Mused
  • Necessitated, Needed, Noted,
  • Observed, Offered, Ordered,
  • Panted, Passed on, Pleaded, Postulated, Preached, Premised, Presented, Presupposed, Proclaimed, Prodded, Professed, Proffered, Promised, Promulgated, Proposed, Protested, Provoked, Publicized, Published, Puled, Put forth, Put out,
  • Quaked, Queried, Quipped, Quivered, Quizzed, Quoted,
  • Reassured, Raged, Ranted, Reckoned that, Rejoiced, Rejoined, Released, Remarked, Remonstrated, Repeated, Replied, Reprimanded, Requested, Required, Requisition, Retorted, Revealed, Roared,
  • Said, Sang, Scoffed, Scolded, Seethed, Sent on, Settled, Shared, Shed tears, Shouted, Shrieked, Shrugged, Shuddered, Snarled, Snivelled, Sobbed, Solicited, Sought, Specified, Spluttered, Spread, Stammered, Stated, Stuttered, Stressed, Suggested, Supposed, Swore,
  • Taunted, Teased, Testified, Thundered, Ticked off, Told, Told off, Tore a strip off, Touted, Trailed off, Transferred, Transmitted, Trembled, Trumpeted,
  • Understood, Undertook, Upbraided, Uttered,
  • Verified, Vociferated, Voiced, Vouched for, Vouchsafe,
  • Wailed, Wanted, Warned, Weep, Went on. Wept, Wheedle, Whimpered, Whined, Whispered,
  • Yawped, Yelled, Yelped,Yowled
Now in a Wordle:

You can change the font style, the color, the layout. 

Once you enter the text, select GO. Java will open and you will be asked if you want to allow it to run. Click on Run. 

Take a screen shot of it and use it in a presentation to project. 

Remember to take a screen shot: hold down the Command key, and the shift key, then press the number 4 key. A cross hairs icon will appear. Drag the Crosshairs over the area you want to shoot. Then let go of the of the Crosshairs. 

Click on image and select the screen shot from your desk top to insert in slide or doc. 

Any questions, please ask!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Emergency Preparation Announcements
·      Emergency Procedures for Parents – A document explaining our emergency procedures and what parents should do as far as contacting the school and picking up children has been provided to parents. You can see this document by clicking on this link – (coming soon)
·      Shelter in Place drill – We will have a Shelter in Place drill on Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 10:10. Please review this procedure and prepare your students by reminding them what to do in this situation. This is the procedure we follow when there is a security situation in the area. Students are kept in classrooms with doors locked and window coverings drawn. At the end of the drill, we will all evacuate to the outside field.
·      Test of the Emergency Notification System – On the same day as the Shelter in Place drill, we will do the annual test of our Emergency Notification System. This is the system that lets parents know about a situation at school through voice, text, and email.

Internet Safety Presentations
·      On Thursday, November 14th Officer Steve DeWarns will be doing sessions for our 4th through 8th grade students about Internet safety, including cyberbullying, online predators, social media, and online image. He will follow this up with a presentation for parents that night in the auditorium. All teacher are welcome to attend that session along with the parents. It will begin at 7:00 pm.

Faculty Room Sink
Please be sure to clean up your own dishes and food in the Faculty Room sink. Some dishes and messes are being left and others end up cleaning them. If everyone takes care of their own dishes, it will stay in good shape. Thanks.