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Interactive Word Walls: They’re Up, Now What?. Using Interactive Word Walls as an Instructional Tool January 13, 2011. Classroom Environment. Influences literacy development Print-rich environments foster literacy A variety of artifacts are present. Word Wall Uses.

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interactive word walls they re up now what

Interactive Word Walls: They’re Up, Now What?

Using Interactive Word Walls as an Instructional Tool

January 13, 2011

classroom environment
Classroom Environment
  • Influences literacy development
  • Print-rich environments foster literacy
  • A variety of artifacts are present
word wall uses
Word Wall Uses
  • Elementary: display basic words, word families, showcase interesting words
  • Middle and High School
  • Language arts: may display challenging words
  • Math: to display mathematical symbols
  • Social Studies: to categorize important historical terms
uses cont d
Uses cont’d
  • Instructional potential for enhancing vocabulary learning
  • Powerful tools for supporting specific word learning objectives of middle school curricula
study findings
Study Findings
  • 43.1% used the term word wall
  • 12% could not identify the word wall
  • Almost 60% had a general understanding that word walls were for learning new vocabulary
  • 50%could not explain how the word wall helped them learn new words
  • 16% thought word wall was only helpful when they already new the word meanings
effective vocabulary instruction
Effective Vocabulary Instruction
  • Falls on a continuum
  • Need for multiple exposures
  • Students need to understand how and why some words are used and some are not.
  • Associative learning
  • Active Engagement
  • Student Choice
ineffective vocabulary practices
Ineffective Vocabulary Practices
  • Research has shown the ineffectiveness of the following vocabulary instructional practices:
  • Define words and then write sentences
  • Using dictionary definitions as primary instructional tools
word wall activity
Word Wall Activity
  • Students can help to select the vocabulary
  • Introduce the words
  • Make Connections With the Vocabulary
  • Aaply the Word to Real Situations
  • Present Words to the Class’
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