As part of our preparation for author Candace Fleming’s visit on March 5, students have been reading, thinking and discussing her picture books in library and in classrooms. To take their comprehension and interest to a new level, the 3rd graders created Tagxedo word art based on a favorite Fleming picture book.
I chose to use Tagxedo for a handful of reasons. One, the better-known Wordle application is blocked by the district’s firewall…and Tagxedo isn’t. Two, Tagxedo allows students to incorporate the creative element of shape into their final word art. Third, Tagxedo will duplicate words / phrases to fill in any shape, while Wordle adjusts the size of words/phrases based on repetition.
As a class, we had explored and created a group Tagxedo the previous week using Boxes for Katje as our inspiration. This week, students had the chance to create their own word art.
In 40 minutes, all 3rd grade students:
- Read Oh, No! by Candace Fleming
- Reviewed how to access, create, design, and print a Tagxedo using Oh, No! as a sample
- Learned how to keep word pairs together (use the ˜symbol)
- Remembered to thoughtfully choose the Tagxedo shape to reflect the book
- Received instruction on using appropriate language (yes, it happens)
- Created and printed a Tagxedo based on Candace Fleming’s books in the library!
Most students chose to work independently, though a few chose to work in pairs. The thoughtfulness is apparent in these creations, from the red strawberry representing Clever Jack Take the Cake to the more subtle NO symbol (circle with a diagonal line) representing Oh, No!. I had all Fleming’s books on hand for students to reference as they worked, and it was lovely to see many use them as reference resources.
The cooperation and helpfulness of the students during this activity was absolutely amazing. When printer issues arose, they were patient and calm. When parent helpers didn’t show up to assist with check-out, they were flexible. And the final products, their Candace Fleming-inspired Tagxedo art, turned out amazing! They are so proud to see their work displayed in the main hall of the school! I am so very thrilled and honored to host Candace in two short days, which just so happens to be 2014’s World Read-Aloud Day. I know my students are super-excited (and hopefully prepared) for the visit, too!