This is a word wall I made for a middle school science class. I have many ESL students so the focus has been on comprehensible input (part of the SIOP model). Each word has the word, simple definition, image, and a sentence using the word/phrase as an example. Throughout the unit, we would move the words around the room (magnets). Days when we talked about mass and weight, I moved those words to the front of the room on the board (I laminated all pages and put magnets on the backs). I would hand out pages to students here and there to review definitions as we’re learning (rather than having students look up definitions, pull out their notes, etc.). When we get to the word, I’d ask who has that page and the student would read out the definition. We would refer to the examples on the pages (the photos on each page) and read the sentences to delve more deeply into each word. I like having the students see the word used in context. I'd usually introduce a few words a week (like 10 a week). Some of these words are more specific than what I plan to assess, but the word wall is meant to be a reference and a means to introduce words to students.
The pages are 11x17, but can easily be printed on 8.5x11. Color is recommended.