Image of the Week: Celebrate New Vocabulary through a ThingLink Word Cloud

Each year, new words are added to the dictionary. This can be a great opportunity for teachers to present these words to students, gather their predicted definitions and celebrate the new vocabulary through a ThingLink Word Cloud. Our image of the week comes to us from one of our biggest edu-fans, Donna Baumbach.

Donna’s interactive image first has the students submit a guess as to the definition using an embedded Polldaddy. Then, they can hover over a text tag for the actual definition. Her background image is creatively designed featuring the word cloud as well as a ‘key’ showing each of the tags and what the students need to do.

Learning Standards to Support Celebrating New Vocabulary

  • ISTE Standards for Students 2A (Communication & collaboration)
    • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.3.A (Phonics & word recognition)
    • Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.

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Dan Gallagher
Dan Gallagher is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who is now ThingLink's Education Social Media Specialist. This position oversees @ThingLink_Edu and assists with contributions to the blog. Dan is a Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology with the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in NJ where he shows teachers how to integrate technology into their instruction.
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