I don't use my Word Wall in the traditional manner. I used to, really I did. But I found that I just wasn't getting the most bang for my buck that way. The kids weren't using it so it basically became a really big wall decoration. As time went on though, I realized that I could use that same space to help my students learn their Greek and Latin Roots.
One of the major standards in 5th grade is learning these roots. I have gone to great lengths this year to get them to learn the roots and the word wall is the first step. Each Wednesday, the students create Root Word cards. (You can read more specifically about it here.....I could rewrite it, but, eh, I already did ;)) On Thursday, they create Circle Maps of those cards (again, here)
|This is the Wednesday word card.|
|These get created on Thursdays.|
After discussion, we create class Circle Maps, and those get put on the word wall. In the beginning of the year, I made those Circle Maps really big. However, I found they just took up too much space. So I went back and made them a bit smaller.
So there you have it. My word wall. These pictures were taken in the beginning of the year, so it does look a bit different now. There are more words, and (like I said earlier), smaller Circle Maps. But the idea is the same. And what is great is that my students actually use it! (mostly because they are obsessed with this Greek and Latin Root Word Memory Game I created...and they use it as a reference).
How do you use your word wall? Head on over to Jen's Linky to see how others use theirs...and leave your ideas here!