Here are a few more ideas...
1. Wordle: Using www.wordle.net, students create a personal word cloud. Have them enter descriptors, hobbies, important people, places, belongings, etc. Students can enter a term multiple times so it will show larger in their cloud. They can then play with color, font, and layout to make it even more unique.
2. Tagxedo: Very similar to Wordle, but Tagxedo doesn't adjust the size of words based on their frequency. It does, however, allow students to make their word clouds in various shapes. They can even upload a simple image to shape their clouds.
3. Commonalities: Begin with partners for this activity. The goal is to identify unique activities or experiences that students have in common. After the pair finds at least three things they have in common, they raise their hands to find another group of two ready to form a group of four. The four must find 2 things they all have in common. They then look for another group of 4 to form 8. This group must find at least 1 thing they all share. The more unique and unusual the better.
You may have to set specific criteria for the commonalities such as, it must be something specific - not, 'we all hate math' or 'we all go to the same school.' They must find common events, experiences, books they've read, etc.
4 Which Side of the Road are You on? Create a line on the floor with masking tape, string, chalk, ets. Ask either/or questions and have students move to a designated side of the line to show their answers. Students may also stay on the line if they are 'on the fence' or a little of both. Examples:
- Mac or PC?
- Dogs or Cats?
- Loud or Quiet?
- Hamburger or Salad?
- Math or English?
- Truck or Car?
- Mountains or Beach?
- Neat or Messy?
- Plan ahead or Last Minute?
Create your own opposite pairs as well. You can make them silly, content related, or a mix of both.
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