Saturday, October 25, 2014

You Oughta Know About...

It's that time again where I am linking up with Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for the monthly You Oughta Know About blog hop! We'll be sharing teaching tips & advice, websites, products, or anything else teachers just oughta know! 
Today I'll be sharing all about the interactive word wall I have going on in my classroom. 
First, teachers need to choose the words for the word wall, laminate them, and find a way where the words can be interchangeable. I put magnetic tape on the back of mine.

Start with these materials

An interactive word wall is a tool for students to improve their writing. In my classroom, students can go to the word wall, take a word off, and bring it back to their seat to help them write the word... Like this!

Besides all of the writing benefits for students, this type of word wall is amazing because I can easily swap out words depending on word patterns and content for what I'm currently teaching. 

You'll see that my word wall is color coded. I have differentiated according the the Fry word lists. Lists 1-3 are in blue and 4-6 are in yellow. The pink words are tier 2/3 words that come from the Jargon Journal from Second Story Window. 

If you're looking for the Fry word lists for your word wall, you can grab them here while they are on sale! They are 1/2 off with an addition 20% store discount!!
A differentiated word wall has truly made a different in how my students spell and look at words. I really hope you consider trying it out!

Please check out the other fabulous teachers and their ideas!


  1. I love this idea! I have a word wall in my room, but it is not interactive. I think the kids would enjoy using it more if it were though! I will have to try this next year - thank you (:

    Living the First Grade Dream

  2. Hi Melissa,
    I love that interactive word wall! I wish I had more space on my whiteboard to do that.

    A LoveLi Class

  3. I love your interactive word wall and yes, I too am jealous of your board space!! One of the things that I really like about your word wall is that it is color coded. This is a quick and easy visual for you and your students I'm sure! :-)

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  4. I really want to get an interactive word wall for my kinders! I could use sight words and seasonal words also.... I just need to get a creative way to do this! I have no white board in my room so I am bummed about that! I will keep thinking! Thanks for motivating me to keep working on this! :)

  5. What a clever way to make a word wall interactive. I loved reading about how your students can go up to the wall and take words off! Talk about students beginning to own words. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!!