SOS: Make It Concrete is a teaching strategy that uses concrete, or shape, poems to allow students to demonstrate understanding. Students reflect on their learning and create a visual to represent something they have learned from a media resource.
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Ideas for your own classroom:
If you do not have access, you can have students create a list of keywords/expressions that tie in with a video, audio or an image that you have presented to them. Students may create this list individually or in small groups.
Students then take their keywords and input it into a word cloud curator. There are several available online such as:
- Using a Google Doc, the keywords are typed or dictated onto the document. Install the Word Cloud Generator add-on and run it. Drag or screenshot the word cloud and insert into the Google Doc. Students may want to either do a Gallery Walk to check each other’s word clouds OR all word clouds could be put onto the same Google Doc or even Google Slide.
- Tagxedo where word clouds can be put into specific shapes. Students would type their generated list of words right into the Tagxedo text box.
- Wordle is one of the original word cloud generators and works similar to Tagxedo except with no specific shape choices.
- Wordclouds, Word It Out, ABCYa! Word Clouds are all great generators
For fun, these word clouds could be printed off and then students could draw images around their word clouds. As well, they could either create a short video or audio explaining their word cloud. This video/audio would then be linked to the original word cloud via a QR code and hung up on a hallway bulletin board for others to view and scan.
Samples for you to check out:
Social Studies examples
125 Ways to use Wordle in the Classroom
Above all, let students have fun collecting content knowledge and giving it an artistic spin!