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Fall (Winter) News from the D105 Library Team

Resources, Resources, Resources!

The library team is here for you and all your informational needs. This monthly newsletter will provide resources, ideas, and hopefully offer something you can immediately use in your classroom and instruction. Read on!

We've Got a Book For You

Book Rooms, LEAP and Kindles, Oh my! Reading Group resources

We have several resources to meet the needs of large or small reading groups.

  1. We have book room collections at each of the elementary buildings that are organized by Fountas and Pinnel reading level. We are in the process of cataloging these books so that we can use the search features in our online library catalog to find just the right book for a reading group.

  2. LEAP stands for Literature Enrichment and Appreciation Program and titles are continually added to this collection. These books are also for reading groups. These books are dispersed throughout the District, so talk to your librarian, and she can get the books for you in a day. View the many Resources Lists (located in left menu of interface) in our online library catalog.

  3. Each library has 24+ Kindles available for check out. Kindles can be used for book groups, paired reading activities, and for students who may need a little device motivation to read a just right book. Talk to your librarian about the books you need, and we will get the Kindles loaded up for you.

Word Cloud websites other than Wordle

Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can't save in Wordle? Or frustrated with the Java script errors that pop up? Here are some alternatives:


https://www.visualthesaurus.com/vocabgrabber/ is one great creative tool that helps students analyze a set of words. It has more than enough features that can be used to create lessons to understand what you’re reading a bit better. VocabGrabber, as the name suggests, picks the most useful words in the text and tells you how these words have been used according to the context. All you need to do is cut, copy, and paste text from any document and hit Grab Vocabulary and watch the magic unfold. The list of vocabulary that is thus created by VocabGrabber can be sorted and saved. Mere clicking on the word pops up definitions of the word from Visual Thesaurus.


http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm is very much like Wordle and operates the way Wordle operates. Once it is ready with the results, you can make changes to the font or color and pick any layout at random. However, it does not enable the same function on word frequency, which is a drawback for seasoned users. Save options have been provided in the traditional jpeg format with options to get print-outs. If you have used Wordle at any time you will find this to be a great alternative. One does not need to have an email or a log in for accessing this.

Tag Crowd

http://tagcrowd.com/ gives you access to see frequency of words. Unlike Wordle, there is no provision for choosing color, layout variations or even creating a unique style. You will be able to upload a file or use a URL address to do it. You can save the word cloud as a PDF or make printouts. In addition, this one does not need email or login and the free usage is to promote the nonprofit concept.

Word It Out

http://worditout.com/ helps create word clouds from any text, similar to the way Wordle does. The text needs to be pasted into the box assigned for it. The application enables the word cloud to be personalized as per requirement and lets you choose the font, color theme, and the size as well. If you do not want to use certain words, would like to exclude them, and lets you ignore them and keep them out. This application does not need a log in, however to use the saving options, email is required. You can also get a screen print by right clicking your mouse.

Make Word Mosaic

http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/ one is from Image Chef and is one of the best creative tools you can find for your classroom. This helps bring out the creativity in students. You can experiment with different colors, fonts and shapes, and is an easy to use word cloud. You can email your creations to various social network forums and have them posted/embedded. Saving information is easy and can be accomplished with the push of a button. If you require larger images with better resolutions, you need to pay accordingly. This one too does not require email or login, though it would make sense to go through the terms and conditions before setting off.


http://www.wordsift.com/ is presented by Stanford University and allows you to do anything with or to a word. Though it does not have the features Wordle has, it is a versatile app that lets you study a word cloud. The words may be listed by their commonality and rarity, and allows them to be listed in order, alphabetically. By merely clicking on a word, Wordsift lets you view the meaning in an online dictionary; helps view the images through Google, and understand the word sentence placement as well. The subject they are related to, through a specialized color coding system can view words. It lets you analyze lengthy speeches and oratories. This app does not require email or login and print is through screen print.

Source: http://www.edudemic.com/9-word-cloud-generators-that-arent-wordle/

Paired Texts

Here is a website link from readworks.org with paired text (along with questions) for each grade K-8.


Edudemic - Education and Technology

This website - http://www.edudemic.com has a plethora of tutorials and suggestions for using technology to aid in the learning process.

Using Prezi : http://www.edudemic.com/how-to-use-prezi-to-create-visual-lessons/

Helping kids with ADHD thrive in the classroom: http://www.edudemic.com/5-ways-to-help-students-adhd/

Helping introverts in Brainstorming: http://www.edudemic.com/8-ways-introverts-brainstorm/

Teacher's guide to digital storytellling: http://www.edudemic.com/guide-digital-storytelling/

The librarians are here to help YOU!

Gurrie - Jennifer Sutsser at jsutsser@d105.net

Hodgkins - Tracy Cleveland at tcleveland@d105.net

Ideal - Lisa Rodkey at lrodkey@d105.net

Seventh Ave - Cathy Nestlinger at cnestlinger@d105.net

Spring Ave - Joanna Marek at jmarek@d105.net