Friday, May 1, 2015

End of the Year Bucket-filling Tagxedo Keepsake

I can't believe it's almost the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR! We have less than 30 days to go so it's time to get busy with my end of the year fun activities!
I really encourage bucket-filling with my students, so I thought it would be fitting to create a Tagxedo word cloud for each student with adjectives from their classmates. This is a great keepsake for students to remember their school year.
We started brainstorming positive adjectives that describe people and wrote examples on the board. I then gave each student a class roster. They were instructed to write one adjective beside each classmate's name.
I collected the papers and typed the adjectives for each student into a Word document that would later be copied and pasted into the Tagxedo program. I just save the adjectives under each child's name to make it easier.
I purchased inexpensive certificate frames from the Dollar Tree and typed a little saying to place on the back of the frame so students and parents will remember the purpose of the Tagxedo adjectives. I write the year in the bottom, right corner {which isn't seen in the photos}.
Check out these colorful Tagxedos!
2. Go to  the "Create" tab at the top.
3. Select and copy the student's adjectives from a Word document
4. Click in the big box to "Enter Text" and Control-V to paste (right clicking feature didn't work on my laptop for this) Click the "Submit" button. Now you should see your words in the template.
5. Go the menu at the left to change the color, font, orientation, etc. Under "shape" is where you'll find the star or other shape for your Tagxedo.
6. To print, go to "Save/Share" in the left menu and click the Print tab. 

What end of the year keepsakes do you like to do with your students? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by the Crazy Critter Café! Hang in there! The end is in sight!
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