Suggestions for Use
This packet consists of a total of 217 colorful word wall words for your word walls and ELA activities. You may decide to copy all or some of these pages.
1. I laminated these pages and then trimmed off the excess. Next, I cut apart the three words on each page.
2. I Placed 100 of the words on one of my long cabinet doors. The rest of the words were also cut apart, but placed in legal-sized envelopes in groups of 20. Periodically, I exchanged the words on the cabinet doors with words from the envelopes.
3. The students use the words on the doors in an activity I call “Read the Walls “using crazy sunglasses. They do this in pairs first thing in the morning before class actually begins.
4. The students also use these words on a weekly basis in their writing activities – i.e. expository and narrative writings, grammar exercises, and spelling exercises. For example, if we are studying grammar, I might ask them to write the plural of the word, classify as person, place, or thing, or write 10 sentences using the words.
5. For writing, many of these words provide excellent topics for writing prompts. For example, words such as enthusiasm (Explain how enthusiasm is an important part of being a teacher.), jealousy (Tell why you think jealousy can interfere with friendship.), or integrity (Why is integrity a valuable lesson to be learned?) can serve as important jumping off places for writing.
6. For those students who are struggling readers, the students work in pairs and use the word cards as flashcards and read these words to each other.
7. Find all of the words with a suffix. Sort these words by their noun suffixes (including
–ity and -ty, -ment, -ness, -hood, -ship, -tion and -ation, -sion, -age, -ance and –ence,
8. Create a sheet with three columns where the students write the word with the suffix. Provide a column for the students to remove the suffixes. Finally, have them give the part of speech of the word without the suffix.