Portable Word Walls

4 Sep

Here they are!  Thanks to my wonderful teammate Allison for creating the document.  We use the Sitton list of high frequency words for our word wall words.

Here’s what I like about the portable word walls:

  • It’s easier for some students to transcribe words from sources on their desks rather than a distance in front of them.
  • Although we will focus on a few words each week during word study, students have access to these high-frequency words right away.
  • There is plenty of room for additional words to be written in with a Sharpie.
  • I made two for each table, so many students can be referring to the word walls at one time.

I set them on their tables before I left on Friday.  We’ll work with them tomorrow at school!  I’ll keep you posted!

File folder and lamination magic!

Blank Bulletin Boards

17 Aug

Why am I posting pictures of blank bulletin boards?  Well, after a decade of teaching, I’ve decided to have a classroom without a permanent, fixed word wall.  Why?  Classroom wall real estate is valuable and over the years, my students have come to use anchor charts a great deal.  These will stay blank until the students and I create the anchor charts together.

I still want the students to have constant access to those tricky, high-frequency words.  So, each table will have two portable word walls made from file folders.  I find many second graders still struggle with copying words from a point straight ahead of them.  It’s easier for them to have the words next to the writing surface.  With their own word walls right at their tables, they will have greater access to these tricky words.

Have any other teachers made this change?  It’s a big change for me!

Starting a Blog

7 Aug

I had a bit of a class blog during the last school year.  I don’t think I used for its appropriate purpose.  I mostly copied and pasted emails I sent home to parents and uploaded my newsletters.  That’s not a true blog, is it?

The main purpose of this blog will be to communicate with parents and to allow students to add some content.

Any pictures that include student names or pictures will be included on the password protected Shutterfly site.

I’ve been in my classroom working to get things ready for the new kiddos who will join me in less than three weeks!