In Grade 1, students have been completing a unit on poetry, and learning about parts of speech. Let’s face it: parts of speech are not the most engaging and exciting topic of study for kids, so finding a way to make it enjoyable was high on our list of priorities.
We found the perfect vehicle for spicing it up – Wordle!
The Grade 1 teachers talked about -ing words in class (verbs), so students came to the lab with a sound understanding of the topic. We decided to make -ing poems so the students could demonstrate their understanding of -ing verbs, and present their understanding in a visually appealing way.
We initially used Microsoft Word to type the poems up, because it meant we had a back-up plan in case we needed to change the spelling or formatting of our Wordles. I asked the students to type the title -ing poem three times (to make it larger on the final wordle), and their name three times as well (so we could easily identify the finished Wordles). Following that, the students typed in as many different -ing words as they could.
We thought a minimum of 15 words would make a reasonably good-looking Wordle, but challenged the students to come up with as many as possible. This provided teachers a lot of useful information, including:
- Who understood the task;
- Identifying any misconceptions students held
- The level of vocabulary students were typing;
- Students’ spelling abilities;
- Which students have sound keyboard knowledge, and which students don’t;
- Ctrl + A = highlight all
- Ctrl + C = copy
- Ctrl + V = paste
- Capitalisation methods – Shift + letter, or Caps Lock on and Caps Lock Off
- Awareness of the spell check function in Microsoft Word
We used Jing to capture the finished Wordles, and they are now being displayed in the class.