Over the years, I’ve gone from not having any word wall at all to having entire walls dedicated to word walls. I originally partitioned my wall into grids and had a section for each content area. When I used this format, I liked using larger half page word wall cards. I created cards with a white background and a chalkboard background. I wish I had pictures of the wall, but I never thought about taking pictures of it at the time.
I want to completely change the look of my classroom this year, and I’m going to consolidate my math, social studies, and science word walls into one large word wall. The word wall will focus on content area vocabulary, which will be a big emphasis of my instruction. There was nothing wrong with the previous way I had organized my word wall, but every now and then I just need to spice things up. I’ve printed large letters that I display across the top of my word wall, and I’m hanging brightly colored ribbon underneath each letter. I’ll hang the cards on the ribbons with velcro.
I’ve made a a version with a white background or a chalkboard background. I love the chalkboard version, but I definitely don’t like how much ink it uses!