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July 31, 2018

How to use a Word Wall in your Classroom [VIDEO]

A Word Wall is a great, easy visual for your youngest readers. This tool aids with reading and writing in any content area—check out this video and learn how to incorporate this literacy strategy in your classroom!

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Julie from Learners Edge.

I want to share today a great reading strategy for primary students. It’s called a Word Wall. It’s a great way to display the vocabulary, to allow your students to increase their language and spelling skills, and also a great way to be interactive with your content.

The Word Wall I created today is based on a first-grade social studies text in the area of communities. What you do is you break down the main points of that section. And then you have the students engage with what topics and what words you’re going to add to the Word Wall.

You can also engage the students further when they’re giving you the different topics and words to add by asking for their questions. You’ll notice I put parks underneath the area that talks about things. And asking them further, they really were talking about the benches that were located in the park.

One way to take this Word Wall and expand upon it and allow the students to engage within that language piece that’s so important at that level, is to then have the students go back to their desks and do a short writing. They can do that using the words on the Word Wall. The students love that at the first-grade level because the spelling is there for them. It gives them ideas on how to create their sentence. Then they can illustrate that. And it’s a nice way to wrap up the entire unit.

For this strategy and others, check out our  Blog, www.teachingchannel.com.

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Are you looking for some additional reading strategies for primary students? Check out a few of our other Literacy video blogs below:

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