Monday, April 4, 2016

Do you know how to "do the word wall"?

Doing the word wall
Smarties, Smarties,
Doing the word wall all day long.

This is the song I used to sing to start "doing" our word wall when I taught Kindergarten.  Did anyone sing it in their head to the Da Butt lyrics by E.U.?  If you did you are my soul sister!  I would even celebrate sometimes with "Johnny knows a word wall word, OH YEAH!"  I can't make this stuff up.

The above craziness is not required in "doing the word wall" although I highly recommend you come up with some sort of signal or chant to start it off. It makes it so much more fun.   A lot of the time I would use the word wall as a time filler, or a brain break (this was in the dark ages before go noodle).  The song signaled everyone to get ready.

Here is how we would "do the word wall".
I had a cup full of sticks.
On the sticks were activities to do to practice the word wall.
We would pick a stick.
Pick a word.
Practice the word doing the activity on the stick.
Repeat.

I am now a Reading Specialist, and do not do this with my small groups of students since I push in. What would you do if your reading specialist started doing the butt in your room?  However this is my go too activity when I have to cover a classroom.   I made these to replace my popsicle sticks. They are way cooler.   Get them here FREE!


Just print and play!


Your students will LOVE them!



Check out some of my other sight word posts...

Flashcards don't teach sight words
How I teach sight words

Have fun!  Amy



8 comments:

  1. I am excited to give these a try. I feel like my word wall sometimes becomes just another "thing" on the wall and I forget to make it useful. These will be helpful to change that for sure!
    Kayla
    The Chalkboard Garden

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    1. YAY! So glad you got them. Can't wait for you to try them out!

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  2. Thank you for the activities! What a fun way to practice!

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    1. You are welcome! So happy you like them!

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  3. Love this! I can defiantly incorporate this in my third grade class!

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    1. Your third graders will love it!!

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  4. This is such a fun idea. I need to try it with my son.

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  5. Such a cute idea. The song reference made me smile.

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