July 8, 2012
Word Walls: An Effective Vocabulary Instructional Procedure
Word Walls are collections of words displayed on a classroom wall for students to use during their writing and other word-study activities. The words that are posted are high-frequency words, words that students find interesting or confusing and/or key terms students will need to know in order to comprehend content material.
The purpose of a word wall is to help students to recognize and spell high frequency words, see patterns and relationship in words, apply phonics rules and to build on students’ phonemic awareness skills.
When developing a word wall in class follow the following steps:
1. Prepare the Word Wall: Choose a visible wall space, then cover with either construction paper or butcher paper.
2. Introduce the Word Wall: Show the class the space you have prepared, explain its purpose and then model how it is used by selecting some key terms from upcoming content material.
3. Add words to the Word Wall: Words that would be good to put on a word wall would be words that student commonly use, words they are confused by, or key terms they will need to know to understand content material. Students can even put their favorite words onto the word wall.
4. Use the Word Wall: Words walls can be used by students engaged in writing activities, reading assignments or with other various vocabulary activities.
WEBSITES TO VISIT FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit Scholastic to get 6 great tips for creating effective and interesting Word Walls!!
Have Fun Teaching is a wonderful site to visit for a variety of examples of Word Walls you can use to teach Science, Math and Language Arts!!
Click here, to read a great article by J. Harmon, K. Wood, W. Hendrick, J. Vintinner, and T. Willeford, that discusses the many benefits of utilizing Interactive Word Walls with older students as a part of a complete literacy program.