In theory, word walls sound very effective to me. You introduce a few new words. You practice the new sight words. Then after a week or so you slap those puppies up on the word wall for your student’s reference for the remainder of the school year.
I had previously made a list of sight words organized in alphabetical order for my students. I mounted a copy on my students’ writing folders.
I glued to the back of their homework folders.
|Editable Homework Newsletters and Folders (click picture)|
But we needed more!
wall onto my students’ tables.
|Monthly Hidden Sight Words~ Click the picture to see more info!|
Basically, mini word walls were here, mini word walls were there, mini word walls were everywhere!
I’m not sure I can definitively say but my guess is that that having the list taped down to their tables is just SO MUCH EASIER for them to look at than looking across the room. They see their little laminated mini word wall on their desk ALL.DAY.LONG and they just get used to accessing it??
Whatever it is, I am thankful they are finally using their word wall to help them spell those tricky words. 🙂
If you like this “mini word wall” you can download it for FREE by clicking the picture!
A word wall isn’t simply a classroom decoration or a bulletin board display. It is a tool for students to use to improve their reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills. I felt that by taking my word wall off the wall and placing them throughout the classroom I was providing my students with a more useful tool. I still held them accountable for spelling the words correctly and they didn’t miss out on any sight-word instruction. I think they felt more ownership over the list and were more motivated to use them.
Taking down the word wall was what I felt was best for my students and it turns out my instinct on this one was right. So for now, I’ll stick with the mini word lists and use the new found wall space for something more useful!
I’d love to hear any comments you have on word walls. Do you have one? Do you have any amazing strategies you have found to help your students learn those darn sight words?