Interactive Word Wallsby: Julie Jackson and Rose Narvaez

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Create a tool to increase science vocabulary in five easy steps.

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  • on Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:03 PM

I saw Dr. Jackson at a conference and began implementing words walls in our classrooms. We have had amazing results in a very short time. I have seen and used a lot of interactive word walls but, Dr. Jackson's strategies help you get it RIGHT!!

Pam  (Houston, TX)
Pam (Houston, TX)

  • on Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:32 PM

I think this is a great idea to get parents involved in their child’s learning and show the families what their child might be learning about at that particular time. I like this idea and I could really see myself using science sacks in the future. I could see myself using this idea in my classrooms because I think it is a great way for students to extend their learning in a hands on but more individual way, at home.

Nicole Sopyc
Nicole Sopyc

  • on Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:42 AM

This article shows how effective word walls can be if you include student participation, attractive color pictures, and real objects. Complete detailed instructions are given in the article. It even includes a rubric and a student organizer/activity sheet. The lesson illustrated in this article applies to the NGSS disciplinary core idea Matter and its interactions.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:40 PM

If one is looking for a way to increase their students’ science vocabulary, the authors of this journal article offer interactive word walls in 5 easy steps. One of the glaring improvements over a traditional word wall is the interactive component. Another difference is that the interactive word wall is student-generated and not teacher-generated. Complete instructions are provided. Additionally, there is a rubric for students and teachers to use. A completed physical property interactive word wall is highlighted. It looks like an excellent way to help increase students’ science vocabulary.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

  • on Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:32 PM

For years I've used word walls to help my students learn vocabulary, but this article takes the traditional word wall one step further by making it an interactive tool where students can display materials, pictures, and ideas to represent the words. The author of this article lays out the word wall in 5 easy steps that can be easily replicated to get any teacher up and running with an interactive word wall in no time!

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:12 PM

I think that this article highlights several good things about the opportunities that an interactive word wall can add to any classroom. Interactive word walls can be used at any grade level and add a different component of instruction to everyday learning. Students can achieve more success and higher understanding when they take responsibility of their learning and incorporate life experiences and background knowledge with an interactive word wall. These types of word walls are fun and not only involve words, but objects as well. Students have more involvement in these types of word walls because they can bring things from home and research outside of class. Although a teacher may provide guidelines for the wall, it is student run. This article also gives steps for teachers to achieve a successful word wall as well as problems and solutions that you may run into. I would recommend this pedagogical article to other teachers to try something new in their classroom!

Sidni Thome
Sidni Thome

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