Planning Tools YOU NEED NOW for Effective Word Wall Instruction!

Updated: Oct 24, 2019


Words Walls are not just something to HAVE!

Anyone can have a word wall.

If you put the words up and never return to them, but expect the words to be spelled and read correctly all the time, the word wall is just wasted space!

Implementing an effective word wall with daily guided engagement will guide students to learn, internalize and use the intentionally selected high frequency words fluently within their reading and writing.

Keep reading for a weekly plan to revisit and implement an effective word wall.

A typical Word Wall week

I am a sequential kind of gal, so I always started Mondays with introducing my word wall words. Other teachers I know, didn’t want to associate Word Wall with the outlawed Spelling tests on Friday, so introduced words on Wednesday. Either way works, as long as you keep it authentic. So, here goes my week…

Monday (Day 1):

Review previous word wall words; Introduce the new word wall words;

Tuesday (Day 2):

Review spelling the words together; Play a word game with the words.

Wednesday (Day 3):

Review word wall words;

Word Study activity (word chunk, word family, homophones, etc.)

Thursday (Day 4):

Review word wall words;

Word Study activity (word chunk, word family, homophones, etc.)

Friday (Day 5):

Review word wall words;

Word Study activity (word chunk, word family, homophones, etc.)



Until next time...

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