Last year my word wall began like this. I had two smaller bulletin boards so I divided it up between the two. It worked well and I kept it this way for two years.
This is what both sides looked like together. My favorite thing about it was how calming it was.
I have a love hate relationship with my word wall every year. It’s a lot of work to set up! This was a prep day last summer!
and then just when you’ve got your words all set up and you are feeling accomplished for years to come, schools and districts frequently change the required high frequency words making a do over on creating it almost a yearly thing. I don’t ever feel like I get as much out of it as I put into creating it. Anyone feeling my pain out there?
I decided to make activities that I could have my students do to interact with the word wall week after week as we add to it. These activities won’t be worthless when my words change! In fact the activities can grow right along with us! Hooray!
Each activity has differentiated choices like types of lines students write on and number of words students need to choose from.
You can target the weekly sight words by placing them with your choices, or students can choose from any word on the wall.
Students assign words from the wall or from your weekly targeted words to the activities and then play! So every week your words can change and the activity can spiral throughout the year!
So do you change your word wall every year? I can’t decide if I am going to change mine up for next year or not! It will look similar, but what I am deciding is where to place it.
I am sticking to my garden theme over all and definitely for my word wall, but I do plan to change things up in the room specifically to make both some organizational and functional changes for next year!