I have heard and seen many ideas for Word Walls, and word resources. I would love to hear some more ideas though!
I found that my class last year were a bit scared of having-a-go when it came to spelling unknown words. One of the ways that I tried to conquer this fear was through the use of 'post its'. My class LOVED post it notes. I encouraged my kids to have-a-go at spelling the word on a 'post it note'.
After having-a-go they could go to the Alpha-Case to see if they were right (if they could not see the word in our room which was literally bursting with environmental print on every surface).
Our Alpha-Case is a fun, bright fabric holder that held laminated letter cards. I used the alphabet letters that Donna has on this site and printed them onto a landscape layout A4 sheet of paper, 3 across the long edge. I then laminated and cut them, so each letter had a length of white space beneath it.
Over the course of the year during writing time children would come to me with a 'post it' that they 'had-a-go' spelling the word in question on as well as the letter card that the word started with. I would then write the word on the card in permanent marker.
Kids had-a-go at spelling the word, and also got the correct spelling. I also only had to do it once with each word, as the kids knew to check the letter card first before coming and asking me.
The laminated letter cards live in a holder that I made. I sewed up a colourful rectangle with strips of material going across, then segmented each strip to the size of the letter card, plus 1cm. That way I can add another card if needed, as some of them got quite full by the end of the year.
Each letter of the alphabet could be seen for easy locating, but admittedly the actual words could not be seen - (a significant downfall!)
I also use word towers in my room. I copied 300 dolch words into excel and sorted them into alphabet order. I then copied them into 'Microsoft Word' and made 6 lists.
I pasted the lists into 3 columns (two columns with words, one blank for trimming off). I printed the lists onto brightly coloured paper and trimmed off the edges. By trimming off those sides I was able to fit all three sheets into an A3 laminating pouch. Just after laminating, while they were still warm I bent them into 3 to make towers (I stuck sticky tape along the inside of the open edges to close them off).
What are some of the ways that you use word walls, or word resources in your rooms?
I would live to have a collection of daily activities type sequencing pictures, such as getting up in the morning, making breakfast, eating an apple or dinner, going down a slide, building with blocks etc. and also a set for nursery rhymes.
One of the best ways to find children\'s strengths is to ask the other children. If you play the \"hot seat game\", where you ask the children to describe another, with no name given, just good things about them, you often learn all sorts of things that you didn\'t know were happening.
Also I often get the child with a particular \"strength\" to go off and assist a buddy who needs help along those lines- makes for a very interesting conversation. After a while, everyone knows that ***** is good at blending, so they go and ask for help. Makes lots of smiles all over.
what a clever woman you are to ask for strengths, when you yourself are feeling a little low. You need your own magic stick. It\'s one of those wands with glitter inside, when you shake it, you see the glitter feel happy and smile. Holding this stick many of my children have found the answer using the magic from the stick. Well done. Barbara.