Friday, June 17, 2011

Five Favorite Word Wall Activities

I was talking to my SIL Hannah the other day about word walls and thought I would post some activities that you can do with them.

Today I am going to share with you 5 of my favorite activities that you can do with the word wall. Remember that word walls words are high frequency words and should be learned by sight.

1. WORDO

Materials:

Wordo Board

Flashcards
Bingo Markers
Small Prizes(optional)

GETTING STARTED

Wordo is like bingo. The kids fill in their 3X3 boards with word wall words. Get the board here. Your word wall may get filled with more words than 9 so you can choose, say 15 and have the kids choose 9 for their board. Then make flashcards (you can use index cards or something like that).

1. Make sure you tell the kids what you are going for like four corners, 3 in a row, or even blackout.
2. Mix up the words. You can put them in a small bowl and go around the room and have the kids read the word outloud or you could hold it up and have the kids read it outloud as a class.
3. When the kids get say, 3 in a row, they yell "WORDO". Have the kids read the words outloud and then you could give them a prize. You could have the other kids clear the board or continue.

EXTENSION

1. Have the kids put the word in a sentence orally before they place a bingo marker on the square.
2. When the game is over have the kids cut out the words in the squares. I have had my students put them in ABC order, they could sort them (same beginning sound, how many letters etc.), they could write a sentence and paste the word where it belongs in the sentence.

2. WORD DETECTIVE


Materials:
Magnifying glass
Book
Word Detective Sheet

GETTING STARTED
Kids use the magnifying glass to find words they know from their word walls. It is helpful to have the word wall visible for the student. If you child is writing, you can have them write down the words they find on the Word Detective sheet.

3. WORD WALL NEWSPAPER ACTIVITY


Materials:
Newspaper article clippings
Highlighters
Word Wall Newspaper Sheet




GETTING STARTED

Kids use the highlighters to find word wall words. If they can write them, have them record them on the Word Wall Newspaper Sheet.

4. DAILY WORD WALL ACTIVITIES

Materials:
Word Wall Record Sheet

GETTING STARTED
This is a record sheet to use throughout the week. Each day you can do a quick word wall exercise with your students. Here is an example of what I did:

Monday
: Snap (the vowels), Clap (the consonants) of the 5 new word wall words and write them down.

Tuesday
: Play "Smiley Face". Played like Hangman only I made a smiley face with ears and hair and whatever else.

Wednesday: "Flashlight, Flashlight". Choose a student to hold the flashlight as the kids chant, "Flashlight, Flashlight, shine your light, shine your light and we will write. . ." and the student shines on one of the word wall words. Do this 5 times. it is also fun to turn the light off when the flashlight is being used.

Thursday: "Guess the Word Wall". The teacher picks a word off the word wall. The teacher then gives five clues for each word. Clue #1: I'm thinking of a word on the word wall. Clue #2: My word has_vowels and_consonants. Clue #3: My word fits in this sentence. CLue #4: My word rhymes with. . . Clue #5: My word ends with an. . .

5. PARKING LOT

Materials

Parking Lot Board

(Use this sheet to make your own Parking Lot board)
Matchbox cars
Cards with word wall words on them

GETTING STARTED

Have the kids pick out 8 cars and line them up in front of each parking spot. As you show the card with the words on them, if the student has the word on their board, they can drive their car into the parking spot. They win when all of their cars are parked.

EXTENSION:
Have the kids put the word into a sentence before driving the car into the parking spot.

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