Word Wall Detective was designed for students to engage with the word wall. Students will need a paperclip and pencil to complete this activity. Students will spin the paper clip around the pencil tip on the pie chart in the bottom, right hand corner of the page. Whichever space they land on, they will find a word wall word according to the attribute listed. Teachers have the opportunity to write in specific attributes that correlate with the skills you would like your students to practice.
For example, students will find:
-a word that has 2 syllables
-a word that has 2 vowels
-a word that begins with an s
-a word that is a noun
-a word that has 3 consonants
The more that your students engage with the word wall, the more efficiently they will be able to use the words listed. In first grade, our word wall is mainly comprised of irregularly spelled sight words (the standard that I listed is based on the way that I implement this activity). This activity could be easily adapted/differentiated to meet the needs of your kiddos.
This activity could be used repeatedly by simply writing in different attributes. I have implemented this activity as a center, morning work, or for my early finishers. I typically extend this activity by having the students use the words on this page in sentences or a story.