Welcome to Read and Spell Well Sentence Walls
In class writing support has never been easier or more fun for students who struggle with their spelling!!! This program supports students as they begin their writing journey. Reluctant writers who struggle to begin writing because they are unable to spell even common words, often fail to put pen to paper. Some students have so many ideas, but are unable to spell each word that they want to put down. Word walls help students by providing banks of words for students to refer to, but so often the word that the students want is not there or they are unable to find it.
Sentence Walls teach children to create sentences. They provide many topic ideas, without telling the student what to write. They provide the spelling for common nouns and adjectives that are the typical beginning in most children’s writing.
-Expose students regularly to the sentence wall, that they have a huge bank of sentences with great topic variety and descriptive choice.
-Engage in repeated morning practice, so that children improve their writing skills and are able to write independently
-Support their writing process as they come to words that they do not know how to spell. Begin by checking the sentence walls and other tools in the classroom. If the word is not there, support them to sound the word out, even if it is not spelled correctly. This is hard for many students, but if practiced and modeled enough, children begin to enjoy writing without being stumped by words that are hard to spell. They then write more, use more resources to support their writing and quickly, their writing improves.
It is essential to solidify students learning and maximize the usefulness of sentence walls as a writing tool with reading practice.
-Take the time in class to read the sentence walls as often as you can.
-When you have 5 extra minutes, have students read a few sentence walls, independently or in pairs.
-Read one a day out loud to the class and demonstrate how you would use it to make a sentence.
-Before silent reading, have each student read one sentence wall.
USE THE SENTENCE WALLS TO WRITE SENTENCES
-Each sentence wall allows a student a few options for choice in their writing.
-They can use the words on the right to begin their sentence and then pick from the choices on the left to complete the sentences.
-Remind all children that sentences start with capitals and end with periods.
-In time, children will combine Sentence Walls to make their sentence.
HOW TO TEACH WRITING WITH THE SENTENCE WALLS:
Read the words in the left column first. Read them a few times. Then read the words in the right
column a few times. Once the student can read all the words, point to a word in the left column
then ask the student to find a word in the right column in order to make a sentence.