I'm joining Jen from The Teacher's Cauldron (one of my favorites!) for her work wall linky. A couple of months ago I wrote about how I do my word wall and showed pictures from previous years when I taught ESL. You can look at that first post here.
Here is a picture of my current word wall. It's high above my very cluttered lockers.
At the beginning of the year all I had up was my students name along with their picture so the kids could easily find the name they needed. I also had a great idea to print all of those words that are truly sight words and you can't sound out on hearts because "you gotta know it by heart". As you can see, that didn't happen so we just have some random hearts up there. :)I use the words from our reading series Treasures to add to our wall. Each week I try my best to illustrate the word. Some weeks are harder than others. Last week the words were just awful and my kids were disappointed because I didn't draw on a single one. I think I redeemed myself this week as I got a few oohhhs and ahhhs. Ha, I love first graders!
Here are our sight words for the week:
PS- The kids were impressed with the bird. You are too, right? ; ) Since we just recently learned about synonyms and antonyms I'll be adding them to the bottom of the card as well. I am all for invented spelling as a 1st grader but I hold my students accountable for the words that are up on the word wall. Here's one last picture of a couple letters up close (cute students blurred out included as well). Throughout the week we practice alphabetizing our words, say them in funny voices (opera is my favorite, I make them really get there arm into it as well), and do a sight word scramble to practice writing them.
A goal of mine this summer is to make our sight word cards ahead of time so I'm not rushing and start the day 5 minutes late. This may have happened this morning...I also want to laminate them so I'm not remaking them every year. I'll just add it on my ever growing to do list this summer.
Can't wait to read everyone else's post to learn more about how your word walls work!