224 word wall words (including colour and number words to 10)
2 Alphabet headings (blue and red + green chevron)
22 environmental print logos (Canadian friendly)
Having an effective Word Wall in the Grade One classroom has proven to be an important part of student learning. I have organized this word list from my experience in the classroom as well as reading the good work teachers are doing around me.
It is important that kids understand the difference between vowels and consonants. That is why I colour-coded the alphabet right at the top, where the words eventually fall under. Red for vowels, Blue for consonants.
Purple and Blue cards are included to write student names. Purple for girls, and Blue for boys. Let these word cards be the first that students see on their word wall.
There really is no specific order you should introduce these words to students in. The best thing to do is look for the words in your Shared and Guided reading, and select from texts that students have exposure to. This will bring meaning to their learning, and they will actually interact with the Word Wall.
Green words: We call these the “power words.”
They are powerful because they help us spell other words with the same word ending, just like: will = hill, still, chill.
Yellow words: contractions
Red words: two syllables
Orange words: three syllables
These word wall words can also be used as flash cards. Having them coloured coded will help students think quickly and accurately about the type of word they are reading.