A word wall is an organized collection of words displayed on a wall, bulletin board, or other large space. To use a word wall effectively:
Practice prerequisite decoding skills. Teach rhyming, identifying initial sounds, and letter-sound relationships (came/same have the same middle and ending letters).
Introduce five sight words each week. Start with one-syllable base words with frequently occurring spelling patterns (end, and, but).
Print words in large type on colored paper. Use different colored paper for each spelling pattern.
Arrange words in alphabetical order as you add them.
Use a multisensory approach. Write the word, pronounce it, chant it, clap it, drum it, etc.
Review old words as you add new ones.
Present a new word without saying it. Let students find a rhyming word on the wall.
Ask students to eventually decode words “in their heads”—without looking at the wall.
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