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27 Practical Word Wall Ideas for the Classroom

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“Children who learn in a classroom with a working word wall have a distinct advantage over students who don’t have such a resource in their room!” – Dr Darla Shaw

Word walls in the classroom are designed to be an interactive tool for students. They include an array of words that can be used during writing and reading.

Your word wall focus depends on the space you have in your classroom, year level and your focus areas for the year!

This blog outlines a number of displays and topic ideas for word walls in the classroom environment.


Word Wall Display Ideas

Creating a word wall that can be interactive and easy to change is the utmost important aspect! All of our word wall templates can be customised and added to throughout the year!

In the photo below, ribbon has been used with velcro dots! Students can come and take a word to use and then put it back when they are finished.

I customerised the Rainbow Word Wall template for the below display!

Word Wall Display

In the photo below, the same thing can be done, velcro dots can be used on laminated coloured paper, so that the children can easily remove or add to the class word wall!

Word Wall Display


Word Wall Vocabulary Ideas

Literature Study Word Walls

A literature specific word wall is a great way to encourage students to use new vocabulary in their writing, as well as understand a particular style of writing.

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Informative Writing Word Wall

A set of 36 vocabulary words related to informative texts and informative writing.

Teach Starter Publishing14 pagesYears: 3 - 6Customisable
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Persuasive Writing Word Wall Vocabulary

Persuasive language for a word wall.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 3 - 6Customisable
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Narrative Writing Word Wall

A set of 30 vocabulary words related to narrative texts and narrative writing.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYears: 3 - 6Customisable
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Modality Word Wall with Information

A set of 56 vocabulary words based on the degrees of modality in persuasive writing.

Teach Starter Publishing12 pagesYears: 3 - 6


Spelling / Phonics Word Walls

Displaying a spelling or phonics word wall is a fantastic tool for students to use throughout the year. Organise the word wall in alphabetical order, this will make it easier for your students to check and find words. This is a ‘work in progress wall’ that students add to throughout the year.

I came across this idea on Pinterst and thought it was a great idea! Spelling word walls can get really big throughout the year, so this takes up less space, however each flip-book gets bigger!

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Sound Families Word Wall

A set of 45 word wall cards featuring common sound families.

Teach Starter Publishing45 pagesYears: 1 - 2Customisable
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A–Z Word Wall – Pictures

Use these posters around your classroom by adding new words as children learn them.

Teach Starter Publishing26 pagesYears: F - 7


Science Vocabulary Word Walls

The language used in science is very specific and often difficult for students to remember! Having a science specific word wall enables your students to become confident with the vocabulary used during a science unit!

Here is our Minibeasts word wall in action:

Minibeasts Word Wall

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Simple Machines Word Wall

A set of vocabulary word wall cards and a poster about simple machines, to display in your classroom.

Teach Starter Publishing8 pagesYears: 3 - 6Customisable
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Earthquake Word Wall Vocabulary

34 earthquake related vocabulary cards for a word wall.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesYear: 6Customisable


Maths Vocabulary Word Walls

The understanding of vocabulary is not just important in reading and writing! Students must be able to use and understand certain mathematics vocabulary. We have a huge range of Mathematics Vocabulary Word Walls available to download and customise! Here are some of our most popular:

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Chance Word Wall Vocabulary

A comprehensive selection of chance vocabulary for use on a Mathematics Word Wall.

Teach Starter Publishing6 pagesYears: 5 - 7Customisable


Other Subject Specific Word Walls

New vocabulary is introduced in every key learning area. Here are some examples of other subject specific word walls:


Word Wall Activities

These word wall activities cards work best when you have a spelling or phonics word wall. It is crucial that the word wall doesn’t just work as a ‘display only!’ Students must be exposed to the words on a number of different occasions and these activities are a great start! I used our word wall task cards and turned them into a flip book that can be used again and again!

Word Wall Activity Cards

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Generic Spelling Activity Worksheet Pack

A set of 6 generic spelling activity worksheets that can be used with any spelling list.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: 1 - 3


 Show us Yours!

Do you have other awesome ideas for how to use word walls in your classroom? Share your ideas in the comment section of this blog.

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  • MISS JACKMAN
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    I have so many words laminated...and wasn't really sure how to get the most out of them... this has given me the info I need to make them as interactive as possible. Superb!

    • Holly (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Miss Jackman, Apologies, I have only just seen your lovely comment now! Thank you so much and I hope you have been able to use some of these ideas in your classroom this year! Kind regards, Holly

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