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1 year ago
Hi Everyone!

I've been doing a lot of research on word walls recently, so I can help teachers with this at all grade levels. Does anyone have any advise or any personal strategies you've used to ensure word walls are effective at all grade levels?
Full Member
1 year ago
Hi Debbie! I teach kindergarten and I keep an alphabetized magnetic word wall on the white board so that my kinders can use the words to create phrases and sentences, starting with simple sentences and expanding into more complex sentences as more words are added. We add words that are not in the word list by writing/dictating them. This has greatly increased their excitement to use the words and their engagement with the words they are learning.
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1 year ago
Hello,

The school I teach at we use Spalding. The students enter words into a notebook that are used for spelling words. I encourage the students to pull these out and use them. The only time they are not allowed is during a test. I have found students will remember if they learned this word before, or they ask a neighbor and the reply will be, " we learned that already look in your book, or "it rhymes with ___ and we learned that word.

It is not a "Word Wall" but a personal diary of words.
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1 year ago
Quote from Jenraft
Hello,

The school I teach at we use Spalding. The students enter words into a notebook that are used for spelling words. I encourage the students to pull these out and use them. The only time they are not allowed is during a test. I have found students will remember if they learned this word before, or they ask a neighbor and the reply will be, " we learned that already look in your book, or "it rhymes with ___ and we learned that word.

It is not a "Word Wall" but a personal diary of words.

I love this idea. Thank you for sharing!
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1 year ago
Quote from ttrahan@stmike.net
Hi Debbie! I teach kindergarten and I keep an alphabetized magnetic word wall on the white board so that my kinders can use the words to create phrases and sentences, starting with simple sentences and expanding into more complex sentences as more words are added. We add words that are not in the word list by writing/dictating them. This has greatly increased their excitement to use the words and their engagement with the words they are learning.

That sounds like fun. I like the idea of being able to manipulate the words. Thanks for sharing!
1 year ago
Hello,

I love using word walls with my students. The magnet ide is one I want to try. I have used long strips of velcro to allow the students to manipulate the alphabetized words that are adhered to the trifold boards with Velcro. The Velcro allows for easy movement and replacement. The trifold boards allows for the boards to be moved around the room and used at different stations.
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1 year ago
Quote from rborkoskietter@olgcschool.org
Hello,

I love using word walls with my students. The magnet ide is one I want to try. I have used long strips of velcro to allow the students to manipulate the alphabetized words that are adhered to the trifold boards with Velcro. The Velcro allows for easy movement and replacement. The trifold boards allows for the boards to be moved around the room and used at different stations.

I like the velcro ideas also. Thanks for sharing!
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4 months ago
Thank you for sharing this information:)
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4 months ago
Thank you for sharing this information:)
2 months ago
They are mandatory in my district and must be updated with new words weekly...I've been moved around through 3rd, 2nd, 1st and even the 4th grade in my building. So, I have seen first hand the use of word walls and used them. They are only as useful as you make them and interact with them. Please, make yours a fun interactive resource. When I started to do this with mine (against school policy) the students learned more vocabulary and were better independent spellers.
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