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Word walls can be very useful in the primary grade levels. In this collection you'll find several ideas to best utilize a word wall in your own classroom.
Word Wall
Posted by:carlie #57272

Word Walls are awesome! I start mine with my students names (and my last name, my aide's last name, etc.) and our 25 high frequency words. (I add to the high frequency words as the year goes on, but leave the others up.) I do not put thematic words on my word wall. I like it to be a consistent place where they know they can find certain words.

Activities include echo reading -- I read, they read through the whole word wall.
"I spy" -- "I spy a word on the word wall with 3 letters." (Wait time while students locate a 3 letter word) "The word I see has 3 letters and starts with 't'" (They find it -- the) You can do this with more detailed clues depending on age level and readiness. It can also be done on paper too with students writing their guesses after each new...

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activity cards
Posted by:AddieJ #2269

Here are some activity cards of things to do with the word wall. Put each idea on an index card, laminate & place on a binder ring and hang next to the word wall - great time fillers.
On word wall - first student names & then sight words as we learn them. Vocab words that go with our units are placed on a separate themed word wall (or bb) that changes as often as needed (usually every two weeks, depending on the unit.)
My kids also use personal dictionaries. When we add to the word wall the kids write the words in their dictionaries and when doing the vocab for the new unit, the kids write the words that they need in their dictionaries. The children can add any other words to their dictionaries they want or will use in their writing (calendar words, color words, map words, etc. -...

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Two Word Walls
Posted by:brett158 #114161

This year I am trying something a little bit different. I am going to have two "word walls".

Word Wall 1- This word wall will be called "Glue Words". This is where we will put our sight words (I use Fry's Instant Word Lists). I teach the students that these are the words that Glue together the sentence so we must memorize them. Each of the words are on Glue bottles that I made out of construction paper.

Word Wall 2- This word wall will be for word Families. I am calling it Chunk Words. I am going to have each of the short vowels on the wall. Underneath the corresponding short vowel I will introduce the word families as we learn them. ALSO, each word family will have an environmental print object to go with it. For example underneath the short vowel...

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Word Wall for 1st/2nd Split
Posted by:KW #78695

I taught a 1st/2nd split last year. You really don't need two (high frequency)word walls. You'll find the first just going over to the second to find words anyway. Begin the year adding names and beginning sight words. The 2nds will benefit from the review. If you utillize the word wall correctly, by the time you add the harder 2nd grade words, the 1st graders will benefit from them as well. Just make sure you either add the words in context (for instance, when you are dong shared writiing and you come across a word..."how would we spell BECAUSE? Let's add it to the word wall.) or add small groups (5 at a time) and introduce them well, play games with them, etc. (Patricia Cunningham has great WW activities).

Start one word family wall. The 1sts will begin by adding simple families (at,...

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"Center time for Word Wall"
Posted by:Jen #19244

In the past I have used the word wall as a center. During this time the students sort the words according to syllables, use them in sentences or poems, illustrate the words, etc. There is a poster I bought from a teacher store which also listed activities (similiar to the ones I listed above) to use with the word wall. After awhile though, the students become uninterested with this center and behavior problems arise. I am looking for other activities to include in this center. Any suggestions would be so helpful!

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word wall switch
Posted by:J #80042

Every year I have introduced 5 new word wall words each week and add them to the word wall at the end of the week(word wall growing week after week). Last year we read some where??? that we should leave all the words up all year round. Why keep them a secret?? We take down the 5 for the week and place them on the easel(closer to the students) and do activities with those special 5. At the end of the week we place them back on the WWW and get 5 new words to intro. The best thing we did at the end of the year was leave them up over the summer and cover them. What a go back last week with one less thing to do. I just pulled off the cover paper and all my ww were there ready for a new year. Hope that...

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word walls
Posted by:BookMuncher #114221

I've found that making my word wall with my students works best for me. The commercial ones are very nice and I know a lot of people like them, but I like the ownership that comes with making it together. I use the large size of post-it's- different colors. I introduce 5 words a week. I tell the word and write it in front of the students- vowels in red, consonants in blue. Depending on what they already know, we'll underline a word chunk or blend. Sometimes I draw a little picture to help them remember. Whatever works for that particular group of students at that time. Like bertie, I do very short activities with the words each day (5 min. max) and post them on the word wall with the kids watching at the beginninng of the next week.

Don't forget that once a group of words is up, you still...

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Word Wall in First Grade
Posted by:kbbteacher #142445

I put my word wall words on velcro, so that students can take the word from the wall and use it at their seat. Our first grade team does [this]:

Each week we have 5 new words and each day of the week is a diff. activity:

Monday- we introduce the words and put them in ABC order

Tuesday- Rhyme Time- I say "the word wall word I am thinking of rhymes with...."

Wednesday- Secret Sentence- I make up a sentence for each word (I try to make a story) and they have to fill the appropriate word in the blank

Thursday- Hot Seat- I pick a student to sit in the hot seat in front of the other children. The students are in charge of giving 3 clues for the chosen word wall word. This is good recall...

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Posted by:ily #142440

I do sometime of wordwall activity everyday here are a few I use.

1) Tune of If you're happy and you know it
If you're reading and you know it find the word
If you're reading and you know it find the word
If you're reading and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're reading and you know it find the word.

2)Hand out word cards to children (I give several children the same word)
tune Are you sleeping
Where's the word
where's the word
Here it is, here it is (children with that word sing and hold it up)
Can you say the word today
____ (children say the word)
Can you spell the word today
(children with the word spell it


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just one more game
Posted by:Bertie #142442

We hand out cards on string, or words on wide masking tape. That becomes their "name" for the reading period. You have to call them by that name, and they call each other by the new name as well. Have as many duplicates as you want, or put in some review words too.

You could also sing this to the tune of Wheels on the Bus.
"If your word is "all " then please stand up, please stand up. please stand up. If your word is "all" then please stand up, now sit back down". Do again with each of the new words.

We play "BUZZ" where the new words are on cards at the front of the room, I have a word in my mind and they come up one at a time to point to and say the word they think is mine. The...

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Posted by:rayita #142449

I just finished reading a book on word walls. What a coincidence. I am going to try what I read starting on Monday. The book is called: Making Word Walls Work by Judy Lynch from Scholastic.

Anyway, It goes something like this. Monday (10-15 min) introduce 3-5 words. 1. Present one word at a time. 2. Have the students "Clap It" "Slap It" or "Snap It" (students clap, snap, or slap each letter of the word. One word at a time). 3. Write It. The student writes the word. Do this until all words for the week have been introduced.

Tuesday (10-15 min): Repeat the process from the day before, but in a different order.

Wednesday (10-15 min): Add new words to the word wall (make it fun)

Wednesday-Friday: Then review all words from word wall. Read the word wall...

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Word Wall
Posted by:Dhorton #142461

I put words on the word wall that students frequently misspell. I also allow them to find "fantastic" words during their independent reading time. Usually these are longer words the students find or simply an interesting word they come across. I usually have three students share each day. We look up the words, talk about them, and then the next morning they will find one of them posted on the wall. This really builds up their vocabulary and I notice some of them trying to use the words in their writing.

Each day we read over the list of words together and I ask them various questions afterwards like...

Which word means....?
Which word has a prefix which means...?
Which word is a synonym of....?


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wall words monthly
Posted by:seashell #2281

I used these words with another K teacher.

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