Bracing for the Storm

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This winter has been full of harsh weather; snow, high winds, and ice. I am currently sitting in the Chicago Discovery offices dreading the inevitable blizzard of a lifetime.  Why focus on the weather as a theme within your lessons?

In addition to Discovery Education’s videos we have a huge variety of media assets.  Have you used our encyclopedia articles?  I bet that the students in your classroom have never even seen a collection of encyclopedias. Wipe off the cobwebs from your encyclopedia collection and bring it to the classroom. Show students how accessible and current the digital encyclopedia at http://www.discoveryeducation.ca compared to the outdated stack of encyclopedias.

Use this as an opportunity to focus on careers studying the earth’s atmosphere. A starting point for this topic may include a basic encyclopedia article. Take a few minutes and  generate a word cloud which will help student’s extract the main ideas from the article.

1) Go to http://www.discoveryeducation.ca and log in

2) Type the word Meteorology in the keyword search box

3) Filter your search by choosing Encyclopedia Article

4) Copy the text

5) Go to http://www.wordle.net

6) Hit create and paste the text from the Encyclopedia Article.

Ta Da!  You have your very own word cloud!

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23 Comments

  1. Karen Goldman said:

    Great question Mary. Luckily Wordle is free but it does lack the feature of saving on their site. What I did was take a screen shot of the completed Wordle word cloud. I saved it as a picture file as a jpeg. Then I inserted it into the blog.

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