The methods, teacher tips, and interactive activities in this collection will help students develop spelling skills.
An Interactive Word Wall
How to get students involved and ultimately make your word wall more useful
I've tried so many different methods to run my word wall and it has, at times, become useless. I've finally come up with a way to make word walls work effectively in the classroom.
Make It Comprehensive
The first thing I learned was to use one word wall to contain all the vocabulary words from all the subject areas. I used to have a word wall, but also a science word bank, and a literary terms chart, etc. Now, I put all the words on the wall. This makes it more up-to-date and useful for the students.
Solicit Student Submissions
I also have added an interactive feature to the wall. I add words to the wall when I have time and find it necessary, but occasionally students come up with more words to put on the wall. Below the word wall, I keep two small baskets. One basket contains blank slips of paper and black Sharpies. The students take a piece of paper and marker and write the word they want to add and their name on the paper and place it in the other small basket. I check the basket about once a day and add the words to the wall. If there is a spelling mistake, I ask the student to rewrite the word.
I feel these ideas ensure the word wall has a purpose. It is not forgotten and is, therefore, more useful.