Getting the Most Out of Your Word Wall

Word walls can take up quite a bit of room, so I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of them.

I try and refer to the word wall all day long.  I started putting the words on different colors, and it has made a big difference. I can say, "that" is the word that is on green, next to "so."  It has helped students find words much more efficiently.  I also find that I encourage the word wall more.

Since the purpose is to have the students take ownership of the word wall and use it as a reference, I have had them place the words on the word wall when we add new words.

Some ways to use the word wall daily are by incorporating it into a work station.  Mr. Giso's Room to Read has a great free What to do With My Word Wall set!  It has all sorts of activities that students can use during literacy work stations.

I've also had students make their own personal word wall by using spiral-bound index cards.  Back-to-school time is the perfect time to find them!  Students (or the teacher) write each letter on each page.  As words are added to the word wall, students add to their personal word wall.

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