Primary: Spelling & Word Study, Reading Fluency & Expression
Select 5-8 word wall words
Record words on a piece of chart paper
You may wish to record each word on a separate card that will be displayed on the word wall following the activity
Invite students to view words
Review each word by reading it aloud
Provide the students with sentences that contain each word
You may wish to implement a Making Words activity prior to clapping and chanting the list words
Invite 1 student at a time to the front of the classroom
Have the student lead the class in chanting, clapping or cheering each word
Continue the activity until all of the words have been spelled
English Language Learners/ESL:
- Use pictures or symbols to match each word - Pre-teach the new words prior to the activity and provide the student with visual cues to aid understanding - Point to each letter in the words as they are spelled
LD/Reading & Writing Difficulties:
- Review the new words throughout the week - Meet one-on-one with the student and review the spelling and meaning of each word - Follow up by having the student orally share a sentence containing each word
Cultural Appropriateness & Diversity:
- Select words that are culturally inclusive - Allow students to make personal connections to the words
- Cultural appropriateness - Provide the students with a variety of actions to use while spelling the words - Repeat the activity on a regular basis
Cunningham, P. M., & Allington, R.L. (2010). Classrooms That Work: They Can All Read and Write (5th Ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Limited.
Graded lists of high frequency words have been developed by Fry and Dolch: http://www.k12reader.com/fry-word-list-1000-high-frequency-words/
Evidence: Jasmine, J. & Schiesl, P. (2009). The effects of word walls and word wall activities on the reading fluency of first grade students. Reading Horizons, 49, 301-314.
The goal of Word Cheers: A Word Wall Activity is to increase students' familiarity with words from the word wall by involving them in chanting the letters.
What You Need
10 minutes - Select and record words on chart paper
10-20 minutes - Teacher reviews a list of 5-8 words - Students use actions, clapping and chanting while spelling words
Direct instruction: - while reviewing list words Supporter: - while students spell words
Whole class: - during reviewing and spelling of words
- Make observations and track participation using a checklist
- Hold a spelling dictation or word quiz at the end of the week and use a checklist to determine students' progress
- Have students read each word during a one-on-one word recognition task
- Have small groups of students choose a word and come up with actions or poses for each letter of the word
- Have students illustrate words in an action picture a. For example: Color the word "cold" blue and include icicles in the illustration
- Use this activity as one of many opportunities to provide your students with exposure to high frequency words and other words on your word wall.
- Encouraging students to actively participate provides all students with the opportunity to become involved. This activity incorporates many different learning styles including visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
- Engage your students by being enthusiastic and participating in the activity!
- Use strategic seating for students who may require additional cues to refocus