Sunday, April 29, 2012

Word Wall Linky

I'm linking up with Jen R. over at The Teachers' Cauldron and April over at Wolfelicious. Like Jen, I've also had problems with my Word Wall this year. 

It started off like this:
This was at the start of the year, before the kids even arrived. It took up the top half of my two whiteboards. I didn't like it. I really needed that space for other things so over the recent holidays I moved it to my windows (unlike Jen, I don't even have cabinets to put it on! I sure would love me  some cabinets or even a cupboard....). This is what it looks like now. 
On the back of each word wall letter is a students' name (you can kinda see the reflection through the paper. I've typed their name on paper, glued it to the coloured paper and laminated it). I had each student do a little self-portrait or other drawing when they came back from holidays and I attached it below their name facing out. As you walk towards the classroom, it's really nice to see the bright drawings! There is a missing piece of paper for Q but I've done that up for a new student who arrived before the holidays.

I like the position of the Word Wall now because all students can see it, which they couldn't before because of the glare on the whiteboards. Secondly, there is no glare now because the Word Wall is on the windows that caused it! I also like how each letter is separated, making words easy to find.

At my school, we have HF words that each grade is expected to learn. The first words that go up are always the names of my students, but after that I started reviewing Grade 1 words and then start on  Grade 2 words. We play games with the Word Wall to help us learn the words that are on there.  I use activities and games from this book the most.

I store my cards for each term in these nifty little expanding folders. They are only about 24cm x 15cm so are a good size for the word cards. I have one in a different colour for each term and I label each divider with a week number (Week 1, Week 2 etc). I got them at Big W for a couple of bucks each.


Do you have a Word Wall? Why not link up with Jen R. from The Teachers' Cauldron and April over at Wolfelicious . Visit both for lots of ideas.

13 comments:

  1. you are allowed to cover your windows??!! We aren't allowed to have ANYthing on our windows - we have a wing in our school that has an entire wall that is windows, and they aren't allowed to have ANYthing on them - how horrible is that?? They don't have like a whole wall!
    I'm gonna have to look at that book....
    Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Ps...I just printed your multiplication pack at UPS, and one of the guys was like, "Oh - you're the Down Under Teacher (he was reading your cover)? That's a cool name!" Nope..sorry - not me, but I'll let her know..heehe

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    2. I am so lucky that we can cover our windows because I've got two whole walls of them! I also lose a wall because it is actually one of those concertina doors that open and close. Oh well, we make do with what we've got. I feel sorry for the teachers at your school though... why on earth wouldn't you be allowed to cover the windows?? The book is great, has lots of good ideas.

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    3. Haha, so funny about that guy! When my sister found out the name she kinda thought it was a bit rude....but I'd already been using the name for months... so I hope that's not what he was thinking! LOL.

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    4. p.s...did you mult. madness pack this week with my cinderella unit- and my kids LOVED it!! thanks for that!!

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  2. Can I ask where you got the expanding folders?

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    1. I got them at Big W in the stationery isle. They are with the folders, display folders, plastic folders etc.

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  3. Great idea. Love the expanding folders. I'm your newest follower. I linked up too!
    www.missnelsonsgotthecamera.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks for linking up! I am your newest follower!!

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  5. Love all of the color your word wall has. I am also a new follower!

    ~Meagan~
    oodlesofteachingfun

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  6. Wow! Looks great! We can't cover our windows either. We are a green school, so due to our windows playing a part with the heating/cooling, we can't have anything on them. I'm a bit late to the party, but I'm here...and with a freebie! Come by and pick it up when you get a chance!

    Blessings,
    Rebecca

    The Teacher's Chatterbox

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  7. Cool that you covered the windows. I was thinking about using contact paper to cover mine... Found you via the WW Linky. I'm your newest follower.

    Summyr

    http://theteachaholic.blogspot.com
    http://facebook.com/theteachaholic

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  8. I love the window word wall, what a terrific idea!

    Oh First Grade Friends

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