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Math Word Walls
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Math Word Walls
The following was originally published March 6, 2011 at
There are many purposes of a word wall:
- get students to spell a word correctly
- convey meaning of a word
- increase student vocabulary
Kindergarten (Angelo Mizzi, Bendale JPS)
Angelo has several word walls in his classroom. Each one serves a different purpose.
Grade 3 (Marie Clancy, William Tredway JPS)
The purpose of this word wall is clear in its title:
Words were chosen from all five strands:
Examples are given for certain concepts:
The wall is in a prominent place, easily viewed by students.
The above was originally published March 6, 2011 at
Grade 7 (Mike Gordon, JS Woodsworth PS)
There are many purposes of a math word wall. Mike's goal in creating his word wall is clear. He wanted to:
Make the word wall accessible by placing in a place where students can reach and read the words.
2. Attach meaning to each word by including a definition or example.
3. Make a word wall that is a learning tool, not just a display.
Mike updates his word wall regularly. Clearly, his challenge is to find room to keep all these words up.
The Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics K-6: Volume 3 - Classroom Resources and Management
suggests that words can be moved and placed in a binder or big book to make room for new words.
This document suggests other considerations when creating a math word wall in your classroom.
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