Anagrams take the letters of a word or phrase and rearrange them into new words. I wanted to play with this idea digitally. I started with an anagram I learned long ago made from the word LISTEN. It can become SILENT. Since I'm a visual and concrete thinker (much like my students), I wanted to SEE the way the letters rearrange. So I used DoInk Animation App to drop in the letters of LISTEN, set a keyframe, and scoot them into the word SILENT. It was pretty simple once I figured out how to harness the power of a keyframe. I imagined playing this as a gif on my projected screen at school for my students when I want them to focus. It's kinda hypnotizing. So I uploaded the .mov file from DoInk to ezgif.com. The gif runs as a continuous loop while playing in a browser.
Then I started thinking of how I could have students make anagrams. Not every attempt, I found, results in something as clever as the example above. However the process of troubleshooting, rearranging letters to form new words, considering the meaning, and trying to figure out what to do with the left over letters was a wonderful exercise in creative problem-solving. Here are a few I created as examples for my students:
Here is a tutorial to help you and your students get started:
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