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Math 7-9

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Overview

A word wall helps build the Math Communication and vocabulary skills that are necessary for problem solving. Doing activities with the wall, such as playing games, encourages participation, helping students remember the words even better.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this middle school teacher uses a word wall to help her students review various vocabulary words. Her use of gesturing and asking students to repeat provides additional support for memory formation. This activity can also be used for math terms to help students deepen their understanding of math vocabulary and strengthen their Math Communication.

  • Learners can refer to word walls in their classrooms or personal word walls on their desks as visual support during class activities. Using external memory aids like this helps students increase their ability to recognize and use unfamiliar mathematical terms, adding to the Math Learning Environment.
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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.

  • A digital word wall can be adaptive, and previous word walls can be referred to with ease. Providing this type of word wall can bring Working and Long-term Memory into action.