5 Steps to Building a Better Word Wall. It was raining again. My second-grade students were indoors for recess and enjoying free time when a student approached me and asked, “How do I spell because?” I responded, “That’s a tricky one—have you checked the word wall?” The student answered with a familiar tune, “Oh yeah! I forget about the wall sometimes, it’s so high up.”
She waltzed over to the word wall and craned her neck to find the word because written at the top of the wall, in my handwriting. Mathematical Routines. 10 Ideas for Vocabulary Instruction in Math. There is a strong correlation between a student’s word knowledge and future academic success.
Evidence shows that what students already know about a topic is a reliable predictor of how easy they will learn new information in that topic. Words are the tools students use to access background knowledge, to make necessary connections, to learn about new concepts, and to express those ideas in everyday life. In fact, the more terms you know about a specific subject, the easier it is to understand and learn new information related to that subject. One builds upon the other. 10 Ideas for Vocabulary Instruction in Math.
Having a word wall isn't sufficient. It's about how you and your students interact with it and how you present the words on the wall. @crstn85 at #NCTMAnnual… ULSCALE ToA Principles MLRs Final v2.0 030217.