Let's talk about word walls. My word wall is one area that I personally felt was taking a TON of space, and I knew that I could use it more efficiently, so I've rounded up for you some great examples of how you can make a word wall work in ANY classroom!
Traditional word walls should be part of your word work instruction so that the students will actually refer to and use the words listed there. Words should be added gradually and with the help and input of your students. Words placed on the word wall should be part of your regular practice. Clapping, chanting or guessing games like "Be a Mind Reader" or "Guess My Word" are a fun way for students to learn to read and recognize these words!
I love this hands-on idea from Whimsy Workshop Teaching:
And my word work centers are a great way to get students' hands on!
Each week I introduce a word family or spelling pattern. We brainstorm words that have the particular pattern, look for additional words around the room or in our reading, then we use them throughout the week during independent word work activities. What I love about this setup is that I can easily and discreetly differentiate by having my students working on different lists of words within each set.
Hanging Around In Primary, created this "Word Jail" that I absolutely love. She says, "I have the words in the Word Jail to help draw attention to them. We need students to learn these words by simple memorization. We spend a lot of time teaching decoding, but with Jail words decoding is not helpful. By giving them their own special place you can easily practice them and draw students' attention to them." You can read more about Christina's Word Jail HERE.
I hope that you've found some word wall inspiration in this post! If you have other tips for having a great word wall, please leave them in the comments. I love hearing from you!
The word wall letters in the headings can be found here:
Check out more word work ideas and resources on this Pinterest board: