I walk in one day, just about the middle of the year, and think..
ugh....I don't like this. at. all....
The one aspect of my room that I can never get right is my word wall. At the beginning of the year, I posted my word wall above my whiteboard because I was short on time and really didn't want to think about it. Well, let's just say that the words I posted at the beginning of the year,
I know....that is a BIG NO NO!!!!
So I started thinking; What is the main purpose of my word wall? How can I get my students more aware of it? and How can I make it more interactive?
I wanted a word wall that I could use with my small reading groups, and most importantly be somewhat interactive. So I thought of an idea. The first thing I needed to do was to find a spot behind my reading table....and this meant rearranging the posters that were already behind my table. I was ok with that because I feel like the word wall is a pretty important part of the classroom. So here is what I did....
Yes, this is a real classroom where my desk is never free of clutter!!
I stood back and thought ok...not a bad start but I'm missing the interactive part!!
So I went where all teachers love to go....
the laminator room!!!!
I took white card stock and laminated enough to have for each letter.
And here we have it......
......a word wall that is interactive where I can easily add new words, use color coding to point out important chunks or patterns we are studying, and I can quickly take words away they have mastered. I always dreaded stapling up the words, taking them down, putting up new words, and taking them down. This way, it's easy as erasing!!
I placed our Memory Words that we are working on for the remainder of the year, but I'm looking forward to seeing how my class works to fill our letter charts up!!
I hope you enjoy this idea!!! I can't wait to see how my students react to it!