Using Word Walls to Increase Student Vocabulary

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How to implement a vocabulary word wall in your classroom

One yr I had a juggernaut of a phrase wall (how’s that for vocabulary?…haha!) Adding a phrase incessantly concerned standing on precariously stacked kid-sized furnishings or making an attempt to test if a phrase was straight from a clumsy crouch with my head held sideways.  Each day once I read my college students an image e-book, I launched a difficult phrase I knew can be within the e-book and had an image to symbolize it.  After the read aloud we might add the phrase and the image to the wall and refer again to it later.  While I believe this was useful for my college students, particularly since they have been all English language learners, it did get a bit overwhelming, and I’m unsure we interacted with the previous phrases sufficient.

I discover educating to incessantly be about discovering inventive options to issues.  They key to fixing the unwieldy phrase wall drawback…..is to create a mini phrase wall!

 

mini-vocab-word-wall

 

Use 7 to 10 Words at a Time-

Using a smaller variety of phrases has a couple of completely different advantages.  It’s simpler for college students to search for examples of the phrases in context in the event that they’re targeted on a smaller variety of them.  Also, displaying the phrases takes up much less house on the wall.  You don’t want a spot for every letter, simply publish the phrases like a listing.  Students are extra possible to bear in mind the phrases in the event that they get a number of interactions with a small variety of phrases moderately than simply skimming over a lot of phrases.

 

Pull Words from Books or Topics of Study –

New phrases shall be extra significant to college students if they’re linked to a e-book they’ve read or a science or social research subject they’ve been finding out.

Interact with the Words Frequently – 

Word partitions are of restricted worth if the phrases are talked about as soon as, posted, after which by no means revisited.  Students want a number of possibilities to hear, see, and use a brand new phrase so as to undertake it into their very own vocabulary.  More concepts for interacting with phrase partitions are posted under.

 

Include Pictures – 

Including footage with vocabulary phrases will assist jog college students’ recollections.  Reminder footage could be the distinction between college students having the ability to use the phrase wall independently and college students needing assist with or simply not utilizing the phrase wall.

 

Change them out Occasionally – 

If a phrase has been on the phrase wall for some time and college students appear comfy with it, change it out with a brand new phrase.  Little by little your mini phrase wall will morph all year long.

 

So what precisely is that this “interacting” with phrase partitions?  Here are some concepts that may be carried out in these little five-minute gaps you end up in occasionally:

prompts for interacting with a vocabulary word wall

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Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun
Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise within the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs partaking, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade lecturers.

Author: Hannah Braun

Hannah Braun is a former instructor with eight years of expertise within the classroom and a grasp’s diploma in early childhood training. She designs partaking, organized classroom resources for 1st-Third grade lecturers.