Teachers all grapple with the issue of not having enough wall space in their classroom to display all the posters, anchor charts and students’ work they would like to. It is worse now as newer classrooms are getting smaller or districts use more and more small portables. Homeschooling parents also have to deal with eking out enough wall space at home for classroom use.
I am going to suggest that you take word walls off the list of things you need to display on your walls. In fact, I think there is an even better option than word walls. Use a quick reference spelling list and put them in the classroom totes, writing folders and homework folders. A spelling list is better because the list is always at the kids fingertips whenever they need it.
It is so easy for the kids to use that they really have no excuse for misspelling their must know words. Many parents appreciate having the spelling lists at home so they know what words their kids should be spelling correctly. Getting the parents on board can be very helpful.
They are great for impromptu spelling quizzes. If you have a few minutes to spare or sometimes as an entry task, have the kids grab a list and a partner and quiz each other. They love it!
Word walls take a lot of time to create and to maintain besides the fact they take up a lot of wall space. With spelling lists, you make them up at the start of the year and your done. You have more wall space to use for other important displays. These spelling lists are a real time saver and they are more effective than word walls for helping kids learn new words at school and at home : )
Make up your own spelling list or you can try out my freebie here:
If you like the freebie, you might like my K-1st Grade, 2nd & 3rd Grade or 4th & 5th Grade colorful versions of these spelling lists. I used primary colors that would go with all sorts of classroom themes. You can put one color in each table tote or mix them up like a box of crayons. Or just pick one color for the entire classroom. Some will use one color for homework folders and another color for writing folders. You can print one grade on both sides or a different grade on each side for differentiation.
Once you try a portable word wall you may never want to go back to a tradition word wall again : )