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Vocabulary Practice: The Writing on the Classroom Walls

I will admit to being a high school English teacher with a word wall. Okay three word walls to be precise-one for each level of vocabulary I teach.  I have finally realized what elementary teachers have known for years-that putting vocabulary on the walls is an amazing teaching tool!

 

A vocabulary word wall is an amazing teaching tool. The Vocabulary Workshop Word Wall for Grade 1 will ensure your students are never at loss for words!

A vocabulary word wall is an amazing teaching tool. The word wall will ensure your students are never at loss for words!

The advantages of the word wall cannot be understated. I used to try and write the words on my board each day, but I tended to forget to do so about halfway through the week or they would inevitably get erased. 

With my word walls I have a permanent reminder of the words of the day, both for me and my students to use. I can remember to include the words in my directions, students can easily access their vocabulary for use in our writing or discussions, and I can quickly quiz my students on the words. Essentially, thanks to the word walls, we are never again at a loss for words.

Here are some additional benefits of word walls:

  • While some students are stronger visual learners and others auditory learners, they are all still affected by what they see. So essentially, word walls benefit all types of learners.

  • Word walls work for any grade! As students move up, word walls can take on new forms and purposes.

  • Instead of guessing how a word is spelled, students can look for it on the wall. Hopefully, over time they will remember how to spell the word on their own.

  • You can add new information and content to them as you go. 

  • Word walls can be used for various subjects. For instance, word walls in math class can provide visual cues and graphic representations of content, and for science, they can help students make connections between concepts.

IN CONCLUSION

I’ve had such success with vocabulary word walls in my own classroom that I’ve decided to do a series of word wall downloads for my readers! Download a word wall for grades 1–5 now.

A vocabulary word wall is an amazing teaching tool. The word wall will ensure your students are never at loss for words!

1st Grade Word Wall

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A vocabulary word wall is an amazing teaching tool. The word wall will ensure your students are never at loss for words!

2nd Grade Word Wall

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A vocabulary word wall is an amazing teaching tool. The word wall will ensure your students are never at loss for words!

3rd Grade Word Wall

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A vocabulary word wall is an amazing teaching tool. The word wall will ensure your students are never at loss for words!

4th Grade Word Wall

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A vocabulary word wall is an amazing teaching tool. The word wall will ensure your students are never at loss for words!

5th Grade Word Wall

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Common Core State Standards:

Writing Standard 5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, etc.
Speaking & Listening Standard 5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data
Speaking & Listening Standard 6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks
Language Standard 1.Demonstrate command of the conventions
of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. Language Standard 2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Language Standard 3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts.
Language Standard 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words
Language Standard 5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning.
Language Standard 6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge

 

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