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2nd Grade Word Walls

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get ideas for setting up a word wall for your 2nd grade classroom with this article. Find out how you can use this resource and get information about the words you should include.

Where Should the Word Wall be Located?

Before you set up your word wall, you need to decide where to put it. You have several options. You can set it up on part of your white board, on an actual wall or even on the classroom door! Wherever you decide to put it in your classroom, keep in mind that your students need to be able to easily see it. And you need to be able to easily change or rearrange it.

What Goes on the Word Wall?

First of all, you don't have to come up with everything on the word wall on your own. You might want to speak with first grade teachers to get a list of the commonly misspelled words from that grade. Include them on your wall to help give students a reference on correct spellings. You also don't want to throw too many words at your students all at once. Start small! It's a good rule of thumb to add only about 5 words a week.

You can include important vocabulary words that you're going to go over in class and other important words as well. Throughout the year you may change some of the words, replacing words with new terms your students need to get familiar with. You should add words based on what your students need. However, keep in mind that a word wall can get too big. Limit the amount of words to below 120.

If you need more ideas about words to include, some school districts offer lists of high frequency words that you can draw on to customize your wall.

How Should I Design It?

The most important thing to consider with your design is your students. Make sure the words are printed clearly and neatly so they can read them. You might include pictures or definitions with the words to help students build their understanding. You can also include helper words with homophones to help students distinguish between words like 'new' and 'knew.'

How Do I Use the Word Wall?

The word wall serves as a great spelling reference for your students. It can also help them get familiar with the definitions of various words. Your word wall can also provide some fun activities. You can use the cards for tracing, or even in guessing games to help students warm up for class! Word walls can also be used across a variety of classes, specific to the subject. Consider making word walls for Language Arts, Math, Science or Social Studies subjects that focus on content words and frequently-used vocabulary words.

You can also check out this course on literacy instruction in the elementary school, which offers engaging and brief video lessons on vocabulary and writing development, word comprehension and literacy instruction approaches. The videos, quizzes and worksheets available in this course provide a fun and flexible resource that you can use to help improve your students' literacy skills.

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