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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Making A Word Wall Work

A word wall is an organized collection of words prominently displayed in a classroom. This display is used as an interactive tool for teaching reading and spelling to children.

Word walls are also used:
  • To support the teaching words and how they work.
  • To encourage reading and writing.
  • To promote independence of young students in writing and reading.
  • To provide a visual map to help children remember connections between words
  • To develop a core of words that become part of a reading and writing
  • To provide a reference for children during their reading and writing. 

There are many different types of word walls. You may choose one or more of these for use in your classroom.
Types of Word Walls:
-ABC Wall
-Chunking Wall
-Help Wall
-Name Wall           

Once you have started your Word Wall, what do you do with it?
Follow these links to ideas for chants, cheers, guessing games, and word work activities that will make your Word Wall
an important part of your daily reading instruction.

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