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#796. Word Wall & On the Back Activities

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Mon Jan 11 22:09:35 PST 1999 by Leah Taylor (ltaylor@ccrtc.com).
Spencer Elementary, Spencer,IN USA

Word Wall Lesson Plans

Monday:
Introduce the following words:

1._____________2._____________3._____________4._____________5._____________

Have students:

• see the words.
• say the words.
• chant snap clap stomp cheer . . . . the words. (do the activity circled)
• write the words and check them with the teacher. (use ditto)
• trace around the words and check with the teacher.

• complete on the back activities (do the activity circled)

Be A Mind Reader Wordo
Rhyming Words w/ Endings Spelling Rhyming Words
Adding Endings to Words Theme and Word Wall Dictation Guess the Covered Word Make a Sentence With Word Wall Words
Wheel of Fortune Review Cross and Check Word Wall Words
Ruler Tap Opposite Riddles
Hink/Pinks

Tuesday:
Practice the following words:

1._____________2._____________3._____________4._____________5._____________

Have students:

• see the words.
• say the words.
• chant snap clap stomp cheer . . . . the words. (do the activity circled)
• write the words and check them with the teacher. (use ditto)
• trace around the words and check with the teacher.

• complete on the back activities (do the activity circled)

Be A Mind Reader Wordo
Rhyming Words w/ Endings Spelling Rhyming Words
Adding Endings to Words Theme and Word Wall Dictation Guess the Covered Word Make a Sentence With Word Wall Words
Wheel of Fortune Review Cross and Check Word Wall Words
Ruler Tap Opposite Riddles
Hink/Pinks

Wednesday-Friday:

Practice any of the words from the word wall mixed up with words from Monday and Tuesday.

Have students:

• see the words.
• say the words.
• chant snap clap stomp cheer . . . . the words. (do the activity circled)
• write the words and check them with the teacher. (use ditto)
• trace around the words and check with the teacher.

• complete on the back activities (Wed./ Thurs. /Fri. )

_____ Be A Mind Reader _____ Wordo

_____ Rhyming Words w/ Endings _____ Spelling Rhyming Words

_____ Adding Endings to Words _____ Theme and Word Wall Dictation

_____ Guess the Covered Word _____ Make a Sentence With Word Wall Word

_____ Wheel of Fortune _____ Review Cross and Check Word Wall Words

_____ Ruler Tap _____ Opposite Riddles

_____ Hink/Pinks

Word Wall/On The Back Activities


Be A Mind Reader
You have at least 20 words up on the wall before you do this activity. Number paper from 1-5. I write a mystery word from the wall and fold it up and tell them they will guess my word from the clues. The first clue is always the word is on the word wall. Other clues can be it has ____ beats . It begins like____. It end like_____. It is a noun, verb, etc. It has a ____ for a vowel. The last clue is usually a sentence with the word missing in it so everyone can get it.

Rhyming Words With Endings
Have the students number their paper from 1-5. Tell them you are thinking of a word that rhymes with pig. It begins with a "b" . The students should then guess "big". Today I want you to add the ending "er" to the word. What would the word be? "bigger"
They might forget to double the consonant this is a good time to talk about this rule.

Add Endings To Words
Practice adding endings to new or old word wall words. For example have the students number from 1-5. Have them find clap,chant and write the word help. Then have them add the ending "s" to make helps, then "ed" to make helped, then "ing" to make helping and finally "er" to make helper. This is a good way to practice word endings.

Guess The Covered Word
Have a word covered on the overhead. Have students try to guess the word wall word by revealing one letter at a time.

Wheel of Fortune
The teacher or a child picks a word from the wall and draws lines on the board or overhead for each letter in the word. Children can guess vowels or consonants. Correct letters are written in the lines and incorrect ones are listed in the used letter box. The MUST guess all the letters before saying the word. One turn per person.

Ruler Tap
A ruler is used for this activity. The teacher says a word then taps out several other letters in that word without saying those letters. When the tapping stops, the teacher calls on a child to finish spelling the word out loud. If the child correctly spells the word, the child gets to call out a word and tap some of the letters.

Hink Pinks
Hink Pinks are rhyming pairs. Children love to illustrate them and to make up and solve riddles for which they are the answers. I do these with word wall words and with theme words. They are fun to make as illustrated books and we make riddle flip books with them as well. We usually brainstorm five on the back of our word wall paper.

Wordo
Wordo is a variation of Bingo. All you need is photocopied sheets on which 9, 16 or 25 blocks have been drawn in. Have students pick words off the word wall they want included in the game. As you choose a the students pick a block to write it in on their Wordo sheet. You write the word on small index cards. When the sheet is filled up you are ready to play. Shuffle the cards and call out one word at a time. Have students chant and spell the word as they cover it. The first person with a row covered calls out Wordo! You can not play full card like Bingo. The child that wins can be the caller the next time and you play their card. The students love this, but if you don't want to that is fine. It is still one of their favorites.

Spelling Rhyming Words
At least one day each week you should do this activity. Here is an example. Have the students number from 1-5. One of you word wall words today was eat. I am going to say some sentences that you may want to write that have words that rhyme with eat. Listen for the rhyming word and then we will decided together how to spell that word. Then give sentences with beat, heat, neat, treat, and cheat. Always provide the words because some rhyming words do not have the same spelling pattern like eat, street and feet. They rhyme, but are not the same spelling pattern.

Theme and Word Wall Dictation
Each month make a list a theme words for students to use in their writing as well as word wall words. Have students turn over their paper and dictate one or two sentences that are made up of word wall or theme words. This is an activity they love and it all helps them write a good sentence.

Make a Sentence With Word Wall Words
This activity is hard to do until you have up about half of the word wall. First you make up sentences only using word wall words and student's names and have the students write them as you dictate them. Then later on have students try to make up sentences using only names and word wall words.

Review Cross and Check Word Wall Words
To review cross-checking, tell the students that they will have to decide which word wall word makes sense and begins correctly. For each word, write the first letter of the word on the board. Then say a sentence, leaving out a word wall word that begins with that letter. Students will decide which word makes sense in you sentence and write that word.

Opposite Riddles
After you have a good number of words up on the word wall you should have a good number of words that have opposites. Have them number their paper from 1-5 and give them a riddle similar to this: Word number on begins with the letter "p" and is the opposite of ugly. Continue with 4 more riddles.