Although my students frequently evaluate their food, they struggle to describe it in words other than “good” or some variation.
Not so good.
I recently tried out TagCrowd to help students find words other than good to objectively describe food.
TagCrowd is a word cloud generator much like Wordle, except that I could get it to work in my Chrome browser. It’s features are more limited but it produced fine results. I also like that it did not require log in.
I had students compose an email to me, set a timer for 10 minutes, and told them to type as many food adjectives as they could think of. They could consult the Internet and cooking magazines if they got stuck.
I copied their emails into a TagCrowd box which generated my word cloud, making more frequently used words appear larger. I had the option to embed as HTML or save as PDF.
It would be fun to make a word cloud from all of their former evaluations to see just how big GOOD appeared.
In the future I will project this image while students are evaluating food to give them a better vocabulary to choose from.I hope what you've read is useful! I post here biweekly with resources for Family and Consumer Sciences and Home Economics teachers and share my classroom happenings much more frequently on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Sign up to receive an email when new content is added to my blog. Thanks for visiting!