For the first time in my nine years of teaching I feel like I finally am using my word wall correctly. I don’t know why but this has been one of those things that I never really have been very effective at teaching and referring to. However, this summer I really researched how to use a Word Wall and have finally gotten into a groove using it. My class really likes playing “I spy,” “I’m thinking of a word….”, and “Sparkle.” They also recently have started to get better at going to the Word Wall to find words that they need.
To make it even better, the other day, I purchased the most fabulous packet by Lori Rosenberg from Teaching with Love and Laughter and I just have to tell you, my jaw hit the floor as my students rocked using the word wall.
In the packet Kindergarten and First Grade Writing Forms Lori gives you 10 activities that your students are SURE to love. My kids were so excited the other day when I introduced three new activities to them.
This week I introduced going on a word hunt for every letter of the alphabet, writing words that are important to them and one more activity. This was just what I was looking for to solidify using our Word Wall and words in the classroom.
The “buzz” in my classroom this week has been remarkable. Two students buddied up together at one point and carefully looked for words. When they got to ‘I’ one friend was so excited to use “indigo” from our Roy G. Biv project.
Others really took off with “finding words that are important to them.” It was so neat to hear why they were choosing those words (and to see them spelled correctly!!)
To tell you we LOVE this pack is an understatement. My kids can’t wait to “hunt for words.”
Trust me when I tell you that this packet is SO worth it.
Here’s the link again: