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Word Walls


A word wall helps build the mathematical vocabulary and Language Skills that are necessary for problem solving. Doing activities with the wall, such as gesturing, encourages participation, helping students remember the words even better.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this third grade teacher created a math word wall to promote mathematical vocabulary understanding. By introducing five new math words a week, students expand their vocabulary and Language Skills.

  • 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.
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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.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy

    Numeracy and Mathematics
    Social and Emotional Learning
    Student Background