This academic word wall works as a fantastic opening daily activity and leads into an intense competition between class periods. Each day students write the word of the day onto their daily warm up sheet and then classes compete against each other by finding the word wall words in the world around them (academic, classrooms, worksheets from other classes, menus, signs, books, etc). The Word of the Day (WOTD) words are from the AWL and University Frequency Word List. Print out this list and use one word per day to hang up on the word wall so students are constantly exposed to each of the words. Semester 1 is academic language, Semester 2 is root words.