Word Walls

By on August 17, 2012 in Uncategorized with 9 Comments

I loved Mary’s ideas for using licorice to make learning more engaging- perfect for those kinesthetic learners!  I’m crazy excited to have the phenomenal Miss Kindergarten as a guest today.  Hadar is one of the first bloggers I found, and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know her over the last few months!  I know you’ll love what she’s sharing with you today!

Hi everyone! I’m Hadar from Miss Kindergarten and I’m excited to be guest blogging for Tessa today! Tessa is such an amazing blogger and friend! She is so inspirational, so I feel extra special being here today! Today I’m going to share with you about an integral part of any primary aged classroom and how I use word walls in my class.

Word Walls

Make them large and an important part of your classroom! Your students will not only learn the importance of words and how they play a role in our everyday lives, but they can also use word walls as a reference in writing, reading and more!

Here are some tips on how to create word walls in your classroom!

Incorporate pictures and letters into your word walls:
Add your students names and pictures onto your word walls.
Words to know by heart:
Set up word walls for different grade levels. Each grade level has their own color:
Display a board of sight words:

The wonderful Debbie Clement has a whole blog post dedicated to different word walls she’s see. To see even more word walls click {here}

Important things to remember:

1. Start your word wall by adding the students’ names in your class.
Have your students help you decide where their name belongs. It is a
great way to teach letter to sound correspondence and helps your
students feel like they are a part of the class.
2. Always teach a word before adding it to the word wall.  In
order for the word wall to benefit your students, they need to know
what words are on the wall. If your theme for the week is color words,
add the words as you teach each color. 
3. Practice reading words from the wall.
I love using songs in the classroom, so I came up with some songs to
practice reading words from our word wall. I use these songs when we
have a few minutes left at the end of the day, or during a transition
into a new lesson.
You can get a copy of my word wall songs by clicking on the picture below:

I hope this was helpful!


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About the Author

About the Author: Tessa Maguire has blogged for over 3 years. She began blogging about her experiences outside the classroom in instructional coaching and intervention positions. She now shares ideas from both within and outside of her 3rd grade class. .


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  1. Heidi says:

    Love the songs Hadar :) Great tips too. There have been many times that I see teachers just putting words on the wall and then they are constantly being asked where a certain word is. I completely agree that the words most definitely need to be taught before being put up on the wall.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  2. Just found your blog through Miss Kindergarten and I'm your newest follower.

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  3. SUPER cute songs! I'm downloading now to use them with my 2nd graders – they love to sing! :)
    Teaching With Style

  4. Judith says:

    Fantastic pictures and links for word walls – thanks for this!

  5. Mrs. M says:

    I love my word wall and value it's importance. It is a fabulous word study tool. . . Couldn't teach without it! Those songs are great! I love to sing with the kids and am returning to kinder this year! Yay! Can't wait to use them.

    Mello’s Memos

  6. Dana Baker says:

    Love the songs!!! Thank you for sharing them.

  7. Holly says:

    Awww….I'm a sucker for anything put to the tune of the Addams Family!!! LOL.

    Love this post!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  8. Thank you for all the great tips! :)
    I love your songs! Can't wait to use them with my kindergarteners!
    Crayons and Curls

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