Name of teaching resource:
Wordle – Wordle image based on the children’s story ‘The Wonky Donkey’ by Craig Smith
Who should this digital teaching resource be used with?
This resource would be suitable for Year 1 students and can be used as a whole class, small group or individual resource. It would be a good tool to challenge and engage students of all reading levels. This Wordle is based on the picture storybook ‘The Wonky Donkey’ by Craig Smith.
How should it be used?
This resource would be used in conjunction with a lesson on Prediction and Reading Texts.
For example the teacher would first explain with the class what prediction is and how we can use it to help us understand what we are reading. Then as an exercise advise students that they will use a Wordle to see if they can predict what the story is about, this can be done in small groups or individually. The Wordle should be made from a story or an article; in this example it is based on a children’s picture book ‘The Wonky Donkey’. The teacher should also explain to the students that in a Wordle, the larger the words the more frequent they appear in the text.
Students should be allowed a set amount of time, such as 20-30mins, to examine and discuss the Wordle. Then returning as a class group, everyone should share and record their ideas on what they thought the Wordle was about. Afterwards the teacher would show and read to them the actual story or article. Further activities could be to then discuss and compare, as a class or in small groups, what their original predictions were about the text and how they relate to the actual story.
Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?
This resource has been designed for Year 1 English. It covers the following topics required under the Australian Curriculum:
– Read decodable and predictable texts using developing phrasing, fluency, contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge and emerging text processing strategies, for example prediction, monitoring, meaning and re-reading. (ACELY1658)
Identify the strengths of this teaching resource:
Wordles are visually engaging and can be used and would be beneficial with children of all reading levels. For lower level readers it can provide them with an opportunity to read and comprehend words one at a time so that when they read the full text they are able to read it more fluently.
This resource can also be used with any story or article, and can be quick and easily produced if the text is web based as it can easily be copied and pasted into the Wordle program.
Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource:
Could be time consuming typing out all of the text if you are unable to find an online version that you can copy and paste into the program.
As part of the Wordles program you are able to select your own font and colour schemes. When doing this care must be taken to ensure the font is easily legible for the students and that any colour schemes chosen do not affect students who are colour blind. I have created a black and white Wordle for this reason and so that it can be easily printed and photocopied for class handouts.
Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource:
Another way a Wordle could be used within a Year 1 class would be to have the students reflect on a particular reading or event. For example they could write about what they learnt, what happened, or what their favourite part was. The teacher or students could then input all of their reflections into a Wordle and as a class they could discuss what were the most popular ideas and elements of the event or story. This would be covered under the Australian Curriculum for Comprehension Strategies (ACELY1660) – Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning about key events, ideas and information in texts that they listen to, view and read by drawing on growing knowledge of content, text structures and language features.
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2016) Content for Year 1 – Learning Area content descriptions. Retrieved from http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Content_for_Year_1_-_Learning_area_content_descriptions.pdf