I start the year with their names and add their HFW weekly. I do want to mention that I do not add the words until the end of the week. We first study our words and keep them in our class fish. (see picture below)
Here is a picture of the classroom I had 5 years ago in FL and taught first grade. If you look close the word wall is on the far left on yellow butcher paper.
When I moved into my current space, I wanted to revamp my word wall system and also had to figure out a condensed version of a word wall. That is when I thought of this:
I keep all my words sorted by week. I write the theme and week they belong to right in the front of the envelope, ie: Theme 1 week1, in envelops. These envelops are kept in a box.This is my "Word Wall Words Box." Every Monday I just go in to my box and pull out the corresponding envelope. Then that envelope gets sorted to the back of the box. Side note: I do have two different kinds of envelopes to distinguish between Kinder and first. I wish I had a picture of this for you, but I did not have the foresight to take one before I packed everything up. :(
All I have to do as I take down my word wall, is to put the words in the right envelope. One of the tasks I am assigning myself this summer is to write all the words on the front of the envelopes so that I do not have to refer to my long term plans to know which words go in which envelope.
There are several types of words walls I like but can't do. First, it the interactive word walls.
Fancy Word interactive board.
I've also seen word walls that start out with ALL the words on the wall in one color. Once the students learn the words the teacher changes out that word for the same word in a different color. This is a good word wall for rooms with a lot of differentiation going on. More advanced students can also use the word wall and don't have to rely on the pacing of the class. I liked this idea a lot at first, but it would not work for my word wall. I think if I add another color to the wall it would get overwhelming. Unfortunately I could not find a picture of this kind of word wall
I hope this helped you, in one way or another. I always say, even if you have a bad example, you have learned what you DON'T want to do.
Here I go, my first linky part. Here is your bit. What kind word wall do you have in your room?