4th Grade Word Walls

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out how you can set up a word wall in your 4th grade classroom with this article. You'll get tips on where to put your word wall, what words to use and how you can use this tool to help your students learn.

Words for a Word Wall

You have lots of options for the words you can put on your word wall. Consider starting with some of the words from the 3rd grade word list your students would have been using the previous year. You can then add additional words throughout the year at a pace of about 5 words a week. Sight words are solid additions to word walls, as are important terms from your textbook.

Because word walls can be adapted to all subjects, your word wall will vary depending on what you teach. You can have a word wall full of mathematics terms, or one that focuses on history or language arts. Scientific word walls also offer students a great way to learn new terms!

If you're still looking for additional ideas for words to use, some school districts offer lists of common words that you can include. Just remember not to overwhelm your students with too many words! Word walls should include no more than 120 words at a time, so make sure you regularly prune old words from the list and add new words that will benefit your students.

Location, Location, Location

Your word wall should be easy for students to view. It should also be easy for you to reach. Other than that, the placement of your word wall is up to you. You can place it on a whiteboard, on a classroom wall and even on the door!

Word Wall Design

Take your time creating the cards for your word wall. Each word should be printed clearly for students to read. You should also include definitions for the words. You can also consider using graphics to assist students with understanding these terms!

Educational Uses

Word walls provide help with vocabulary and spelling. However, their usefulness doesn't end there. You can make use of your word wall to help students study structural analysis. These words provide a great way to practice working with prefixes, suffixes and different base words. You can also use the word wall as part of various games to get students interested in class!

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