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How to Build a Word Wall for your Classroom

Updated on September 10, 2014

A word wall works to increase learning through suggestive thought

They are an amazingly fun learning tool for classrooms, simple to construct, and versatile in their functioning capacity.

Word walls are beneficial for all age groups so can aide elementary, secondary, college, and university students alike. There are many examples set out on how to build a word wall for your classroom, but which one you choose will depend upon the needs, and personality of your classroom setting.

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Study Time Is In Session!

A word wall is simply a wall where words are placed for study. The words can be written on bright multicolored construction paper, they can be written on sticky Post It notes, or written with a plain black marker on simple white paper. You select how you will choose to display your words.

Once specific words are chosen they can then be taped onto your classroom wall, or tacked onto cloth, or cork wallboard displays. It is best to not add too many words at once, but to instead add one to five words onto the wall, at regular daily or weekly intervals.

Post It Notes Make A Great Word Wall!

Post-it® Notes, Original Pad, 3 Inches x 3 Inches, Assorted Neon Colors, Value Pack, 24 Pads per Pack (Total 2400)
Post-it® Notes, Original Pad, 3 Inches x 3 Inches, Assorted Neon Colors, Value Pack, 24 Pads per Pack (Total 2400)

Post it notes are the leading competitor in the industry.

With their wide variety of colors and styles, and the fact that they will stick to almost any surface makes them unlike any other notes.

 

Let's Get Focused On Our Word Wall

Once a word is in place it can be pointed out and focused on. An open discussion can be used to discover the words meaning and appropriate usage.

Students can then be encouraged to create a written project around this word, attempt to use the word as often as possible during the class session, or to use this new word in a creative manner within their home setting.

White Board Stickers

Stcik on Whiteboard Wall Paper Decal Sticker Decor Removable
Stcik on Whiteboard Wall Paper Decal Sticker Decor Removable

These peel and stick white board stickers are great for word walls, and they can be reused time and time again and these won't lose their stick, guaranteed!

 

Too Many Words Will Blow Your Mind!

The main point of a Word Wall is to encourage as many forms of learning as can possibly be employed to aide in the development of language skills. People learn in many different ways, and challenging the verbal, written, and subconscious levels at which people pick up knowledge can greatly aide in their ability to retain language and the many concepts that surround it.

Students should not be overloaded by adding too many words at once, instead it is best to add these words at a respectable interlude, and thereby allow more time for them to be digested and analyzed by the mind.

Make New Words, But Keep The Old: Some Are Silver, The Others Gold!

Over time the word wall will begin to fill up, but do not try to reduce it's clutter by removing older posts, these older previously posted words are still very important.

Subconsciously the words surrounding them will always be vivid in a students memory. Having the word wall kept active within the classroom allows newly posted words, as well as older posts, to remain readily available to the student's mind for further study.

Word Walls In The Classroom

Word walls can be used in virtually any classroom setting whether it is a Math, English, Science, Lab or Home Economics class. Popular terms, verbs, nouns, and symbols can be placed on the wall to encourage student's use and knowledge of these subjects.

If you are interested in creating a word wall for your classroom simply discuss the concept with your instructor. Word walls are an amazing tool for learning and most educational institutions are only too willing to implement them into their programs.

Woud You Use A Word Wall?

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      KarenTBTEN 3 years ago

      I have used them (made from the tagboard strips with the primary school lines printed on them).

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      Marten22 3 years ago

      This sounds great, I think it's a great way to learn! Thanks for sharing this method.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Yes, we used them to build sentences and for vocabulary. They are a great visual aid for students.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      That sounds like a good idea, even for very young children at home.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Word walls are such a helpful idea. I pinned this lens to my Education - Reading board on Pinterest. From the Literacy Ideas Contributor on Squidoo.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Yes I would - without a doubt. I have always displayed what I teach on my walls. I used to love that part of my work. I am in the process of teaching my son music theory at home and I'm going to have these walls all over my house! Brilliant!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      When I was working for Welcome Wagon I saw a couple of houses that used word walls. What they did was post little stickies around the house with what they were attempting to learn. One was a second language that was being learned and the other was a home of college students who were studying for final exams so posted the key points of their lessons on stick it notes throughout their apartment. Subconscious learning really does work.