Vocabulary is a HUGE part of the Common Core and plays a huge role in reading comprehension, so I really wanted my students engaging with and grappling with new vocabulary on a daily and weekly basis.
With that said, I really wanted to do it in an authentic way…I didn’t want to throw a list of words at my 5th graders.
So, I designed this interactive word wall where students learned 15 new words each week – 10 words from our Flocabulary video (Read about how we use Flocabulary here.) and 5 ‘Student Choice’ words.Throughout the school year, my students submited vocabulary suggestions from their own reading, using this quick and easy form. From these requests, I picked 5 words each week to include on the wall. The first few weeks of school, I picked all of the words as I ‘trained’ students to use this system.
On Mondays, we watched the Flocabulary rap video, introduced the words, and recorded the words in our vocabulary logs. Vocabulary was our mini-lessons on Mondays, and then, we spent 5 minutes (or less) practicing/using the words throughout the week. On Tuesdays, we used the words in 7-Up sentences with our shoulder/fact partners. On Wednesdays, we found synonyms and antonyms for our words, and on Thursdays, we played a quick game of Showdown. Finally on Fridays, we assessed!
Since I had already assembled the letter headers making the word wall this year was simple. To make the headers, I used a circle cutter to cut the yellow circle backgrounds and then, the circle-letter headers. I attached 2 feet of ribbon to the back of each header.
Working together, Mom and I were able to put up the word wall is record time – 50 minutes!! I used 13 feet of black bulletin board paper to act as a background for the headers and then, attached the headers/ribbon use masking tape. SIMPLE!
Click here or the image below to learn more about this Interactive Word Wall Set. Using different colored ribbon and circles, it can match any classroom theme or work for any age group! 🙂
How do you manage your word wall? Do you include student-choice words or use a school program? I would love to hear what is typical at your school. 🙂 Also, make sure to stop by Monday Made It to check out all of the amazing summer projects out there!