Language Arts Focus Wall
Due to teaching a split class, I won't be using a focus wall during the
2011-2012 school year.
To help my students focus on
our language arts studies each week, I use a language arts focus
wall to display our story title, grammar skill, spelling words, and
vocabulary words. We also display signs for the genre, author's
purpose, and comprehension skill we are studying through our basal
I write up our story title
and grammar skill before the students arrive each week. Together we
sort our spelling words according to common spelling patterns. We
put them in the chart as we sort. Next I introduce our vocabulary
words for the week. Two students are chosen to put the vocabulary
word cards in alphabetical order and display them in the chart.
After we read our basal story, we decide together on the author's
purpose and genre. I display the comprehension strategy poster when
I introduce the strategy.
I have loved having a focus
wall in my classroom! Believe it or not, my students refer to it
often to keep themselves "in the know" about what's happening in
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