Word wall hows & whys

Hi guys!
Just popping in today to talk about my word wall and why I love it - and why my students do, too! Before I start, I just want to clarify that I have always had a word wall while teaching K. I think word walls are extremely important and key to your young students' writing success. However, I used to have my word wall on a small bulletin board-sized white board in the corner. After my first two years of teaching, I knew that something had to change - my students couldn't reach the words, they were hard to see, and there wasn't enough room for all of the words we were learning. The only other space I had in my room that could possibly be used for a word wall thanks to fire marshall rules was my regular white board - the white board I wrote on all the time and taught from! This post is about why I decided to sacrifice my precious white board for an interactive word wall, and why I think you should, too!

Before I dive in, here is a current picture of my word wall. Before you look, just keep in mind that I didn't straighten out my words or rearrange anything prior to taking this picture ;) #reallife!

To create my word wall, I just used decorative masking tape for the boxes and black Sharpie to write the letters. I did plan out beforehand how many boxes I needed to fit on each row, and thought about how many words I planned to teach for each letter. For example, Ww & Xx and Yy & Zz each share a small box, because I have no words I plan on teaching that start with those letters. However, Aa, Ll and Mm all have big boxes and will be pretty full come June.