Word Walls in 4th?

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  1. Noel

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    Question, do you use a word wall in your 4th grade classroom?

    If so what kinds of words do you put on there?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. BES2010

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    I haven't started teaching my 4th grade class yet, lol. However I am in the process of trying to figure out the same thing. The school I am at uses Houghton Mifflin for the reading/langauge arts curriculum. When I students taught in a first grade class there was a list of words for each unit/section of the curriculum and I used those words on the word wall. From what I know each houghton mifflin story has vocabulary and I plan on using that for my word wall.

    However I am also trying to figure out if I want more then one words wall for different subjects: math, science, social studies, reading/lang. arts
     
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    I am going to have a parts of speech word wall this year. I've always had the words listed by alphabetical order but I think the parts of speech will be more useful in the students' writing.
     
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    Vocabulary Wall

    I have this instead of a traditional word wall. I have feelings and emotion word cards, parts of speech, prefix/suffix, word webs, last year I have a book wall. I scanned the copy of the front of a read aloud I used for a lesson, glued it at the top of a white card and listed vocabulary that we discussed that really anchored the book in our memories.
     
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    Word Walls/Cluster Walls

    I believe in K-3, word walls are more of an ABC order sight word type of thing. In the upper grades, you don't need to do this. Instead, have a cluster wall, that centers around a particular unit of study. It doesn't need to be posted on index cards or sentence strips in neat little rows. For example, in studying the 3 regions of NC, I use an actual map of NC and post important words on and around the map. So the students have a visual of the state and not just the words.
     
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    I am doing something similar. We have to do a word wall/grammar wall. I want to make it useful for them in their writing/reading.
     
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    My mentor is using a word wall for math and science terms. I really like the idea of listing them by units rather than alphabetically. Are there certain ways to make the wall more interactive with students? I was thinking of putting a picture along with the term, especially for geometry terms. As a visual learner, the pictures really help to reinforce the definition.
     
  9. MsSci4

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    Thanks! I am going to do this next year! I use the sentence strip Post-Its for the words so the kids can take them off if they need to, but they rarely do.

    For Science I include a definition. For some words like to, too, and two, I will do an illustration.
     
  10. Alegre

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    Word Walls

    I had several word walls going at the same time. They were built as I introduced new words to them. One of them was our Academic Word of the Day. Another one was for Greek/Latin Roots which included prefixes and suffixes. I also had the most commonly misspelled words listed along with sets of words that my students develop to replace commonly used words such the typical 'said', 'cool', 'good', etc.
     
  11. njteach41

    njteach41 Middle School Social Studies Teacher

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    my district mandates (i hate that word!!) our word walls are vocabulary based. beginning of the year, all word walls are blank, as we work through novels and various stories, words are placed on the wall. Must be in ABC order.
     
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    I have a math one up right now during prep, and I plan on including a reading/science one as well somewhere over there. You can see the math one hanging up here:

    http://jasztalville.net/weblog/?p=524
     
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    I have had an "In Other Words" wall. We had commonly used words like "good", "bad", "nice", "happy", etc. and put up more expressive synonyms under each word. Students often referred to the wall during writing.
     
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    As a parent I like the word wall idea and will try to make one at home which will include the weeks vocabulary and spelling words, plus a the phonic vowel sound blends, those are my daughters weeknesses..
     

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