I am so excited about doing this project again this June! My students last year just loved them - and I loved seeing their smiles when they saw all the compliments directed their way. Plus, this end-of-the-year student gift is not only budget-friendly, but meaningful - perfect!
1. Give each student a copy of the class roster and a Positive Attributes sheet. (You can also use the Class List form included in the free download below – just change “Student” to the names in your class.)
2. Ask your students to write down one positive trait, adjective, or attribute for each person in the class. You can also include other staff as well, such as teaching assistants, student teachers, aides, special education staff, parent volunteers, etc.
3. Collect the papers and create a Wordle for each person at http://www.wordle.net. Type the student’s name in many times so it is the largest word, and then add the other attributes. The more times an attribute is added, the larger that word will be. Experiment with the font, layout, and colors. (I preferred the half horizontal/half vertical option, with "wild" colors. Also - the black background looks great on the computer, but will really eat up your ink, so I opted for white.)
4. Print a colorful Wordle for each student and frame it. (They had a ton at my local Dollar Store.)
*Don’t reveal the purpose of the exercise – it makes the surprise at the end of the year better!
*Discussing the definition of a trait, quality, or attribute ahead of time helps. I encouraged my students to use their own ideas but had the Positive Attributes sheet as a reference in case they got stuck.
*This can also be done as a carousel walk, where each student puts their name at the top of their paper and then they rotate to each student’s sheet adding a word. This does make it easier to input the words. However, I was concerned that they would be influenced by what others wrote before them. It also wouldn't really be anonymous and they might not give an honest response.
Take a look!
It was so much fun playing with different fonts, layouts, and colors to create a look unique to each student. I hope this resource helps you have a fantastic end to your school year!