We all have our word walls. Some use content word walls and others, like me, smack them all up there together. Do you use your word wall throughout the year though? This has been one of my biggest struggles throughout teaching. I know that I should be using it and reviewing it, but I just didn’t know how.
So, what did I do? I made it a literacy station. The station met right in front of the word wall and started with some work on roots, prefixes, and suffixes each time. Once they had completed that work they were free to play the game of the week. We went through quite a few games in a year rotating them every week or so.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my students’ favorite games with you. I am by no means claiming ownership of these games. They are games that my colleagues and I brainstormed together, based on what we had done in the past or read about elsewhere. I am simply compiling them together.
Along with the words on the word wall I also have an index card with each word that also has a definition, the word used in context, synonyms, and antonyms written on the back. Some games these cards are necessary for, and other they aren’t, but some of my students use them even when they don’t need to so I always leave them there.
This one is the classic game that we all know. My students love it, but admittedly it requires a lot less knowledge of the word other than spelling which is not my goal usually. I will throw this one in there during short weeks and when we have had a bunch of assessments to give them a bit of a break.
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