Literacy PK-3

Systems Change


A word wall helps build Vocabulary for reading fluidity and support Foundational Writing Skills such as spelling. Doing activities with the wall, such as gesturing, encourages participation, helping students remember the words even better.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how a teacher uses a word wall in a game format to promote recall of Vocabulary through Sight Recognition.

  • Learners can refer to word walls in their classrooms or personal word walls on their desks as visual support during class reading and writing activities. Using external memory aids like this helps students increase their ability to recognize and write sight words. Research shows that the more words a student knows as a kindergartener, the stronger their reading comprehension is throughout elementary school.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    By using Padlet, students and teachers can co-create word walls, helping to move words from Short- to Long-term Memory. Watch this video to see how collaborative digital word walls can support learning.

  • Products using digital word walls can be adapted to support early readers and writers. The capability to create subject-specific word walls can support content learning while building Sight Recognition. Providing these types of word walls can bring Working and Long-term Memory into action.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy