Today I'd like to share some examples of word walls. We use word walls to display sight words we are teaching in reading and writing. Word walls are a great resource for children during centers and writing time. Integrating your word wall into your instruction is a wonderful way to teach children how to use a word wall to become better readers and writers.
|Writing Center Word Wall|
|Using names to introduce word wall|
Some word-wall reminders...
~Location, location! Keep your word wall in a place the children will see it. The words should be large enough to see from their tables or literacy centers.
~Keep it simple! TOO much color and pattern might take away from displaying the words clearly.
~You can have more than one word wall. An example is a math word-wall. This is used to display math vocabulary. Keep your word-walls purposeful. They should never be just a decoration.
~Refer to your word-wall often in your teaching. Teach and re-teach how to find words on the word wall. Always connect it to real reading and writing!
~Introduce your word wall by displaying student pictures and names under each letter. You can also put examples of environmental print on your word wall.
Already have a word wall in place? Here is a great way to get some extra use from a door in your classroom! Make it a class project by having your students bring in environmental print from home.