As you know…”Word Wall Words” often do not fit into the "traditional" spelling patterns. Many of them cannot be sounded out phonetically - the students simply must learn them.
In my classroom, the words are reviewed weekly, and students may refer to the wall any time they need help spelling a basic sight word. This will help prepare them for reading in first grade…even kindergarten!
Not only do I use word wall words (sight words~star words~high frequency words~popcorn word~etc), I like to use names, environmental print, vocabulary, common core words, and word family words on the word wall.
Here is an example of one of the letters as the year goes on…
I will place all the Word Wall Words/Sight Words permanently on the top of each letter. My sight words are color coordinated by how many letters in each word. For example, all the 3 letter words have a green background.
On the bottom of the letters I will place the environmental print, names, vocabulary, common core words, and word families. The ones on the bottom can be changed periodically during the year.
Remember…The emphasis on having a word wall in your classroom is building the students’ confidence that they will be able to read –because they are already reading!