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Building Elementary Word Walls that Work

Word Walls should be present in every classroom. They can be used for a lesson opening or a lesson closure, or a group activity or a review session. I am a math teacher, and I use my word wall almost every day. My students find our word wall activities fun and engaging, and at this point intuitively know when to use it. I smile every time I see a student glance up at the word wall during a test. Are you missing out on all the word wall fun? Start with these resources.
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Building Elementary Word Walls that Work
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    This blog lists some more great word wall activities and ideas, along with pictures to go by. A great idea is to use a "chunking" word wall, for grouping words with similar spelling.
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    Creative Elementary Word Wall | Classroom Caboodle

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    Katherine Waldon says:
    This webpage lists a variety of ways to use a word wall in an elementary classroom. I love the recommendation of adding art to your word wall, even if it is for math or science. The more interesting and appealing your word wall is, the more your students will use it!
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    In this video, a teacher uses both a word wall and an inference wall to help students prepare for and predict a chapter in a book. Notice how engaged she keeps her students throughout, by asking questions and leading them through the activity. This is a great example of how much learning can occur with a word wall activity.
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    Instead of how to use word walls, here you will see 10 different types of word walls. Some of these are really clever ideas, like a "parts of speech" word wall for the English classroom.
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    This article breaks the process of creating a word wall into 5 steps. The most useful part of this article is the discussion about types of word walls, where digital word walls are discussed. If you have never seen a digital word wall, check out the links provided in that section of the article. They are great for older students!
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    scholastic.com

    Word Walls That Work

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    Katherine Waldon says:
    I keep this page bookmarked for reference when planning on using a word wall for an activity. It lists some important qualities for a good word wall, and I use it as a "checklist" of sorts to make sure I am using my word wall to its full potential.
  • Katherine Waldon says:
    One great aspect of a word wall is that you can incorporate classroom activities around it. This webpage lists 5 fun activities that can be used with a word wall. I love using "Mind Reader," where students try to figure out a mystery word.
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    Katherine Waldon says:
    If you have never used a word wall before, this is a great place to start. There is an excellent explanation for why word walls are effective as well as examples for language arts, math, science, and social studies!
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