I found this idea long ago while scrolling through Pinterest. I didn’t Pin It, therefore I can’t say which creative teacher came up with this idea but this is my spin on a very memorable end of the year project that I am doing for my students this year.
This year my students and I spent a lot of time determining character traits of characters in our books, such as Lina and Doon in City of Ember, August in Wonder, and Melody in Out of My Mind. We even analyzed antagonist characters like Julian in Wonder. However, we haven’t really analyzed each other’s character traits.
This project is quite simple. The students each write one positive character trait for each person in our classroom. I even tossed in myself, our principal, and our amazing librarian. Then these words are used to create this:
This is the Wordle that my students made for me. I will share with you how you can make one of these for each of your students for an end of the year gift. Enjoy!
Here is how it is done:
Create a Google Form. Here is an example of the one I made (with my students’ names changed). Link here. Notice the only “required” question I included was: What is your name? The rest of the questions on the form are one word answers for the name of each student in the class. I added our principal, librarian, and myself as these would make nice end of the year gift for them as well.
Create a shortened link or a QR code so your students can access your Google Form. I like to use QR Stuff.
Introduce the activity to your class. Be sure you explain that the focus is on the positive traits of each person and that everyone in the classroom has many positive traits that can highlighted. I allowed my students to work together for this project. Also, I had lists of character traits for my students to access to help scaffold this activity.
After all the responses are in, go over each child’s column of words to be certain only kind words were chosen, that students only used one word per person, and to check over spelling. My students did a fantastic job focusing on the positive. It really was quite rewarding to see how kind they were to each other with this project.
Also during this step, add each child’s name to the bottom of their column at least 10 times. This will help make their name stand out on Wordle.
Access Wordle.net. To create a Wordle just select the “create” button on their homepage. Now go back to your Google Form, find the column for one of your students and copy that entire column (including their name written at least 10 times). Then paste those words into the “create” space on Wordle. Then select “go.”
Wordle will generate an image using the words. The way Wordle works is the more times a certain word is used, the bigger that word will appear on the final image. That is why I had you write the child’s name at least ten times. That made their name the biggest word on the Wordle.
From here, Wordle allows you to change the font, colors, and layout. Play with these until you find a final image you like. Then print your Wordle. I actually saved my Wordles as PDFs and then I printed them in color.
Go to your local dollar store and purchase 8×10 frames and frame your Wordle project for each student in your class. I plan to give these to students on the last day of school as my goodbye gift.
This is sure to be a huge hit this year. Fourth graders are very concerned about what others think about them and this is such a great way to celebrate all that amazing about each child in the class. This is sure to be a memorable keepsake!
Lastly, just for fun, I copied all of the words from all of the students and created one class Wordle. It describes this year’s class perfectly. Here it is: