Super Simple Word Wall Game

I wanted to share a quick little game that I pulled out of thin air..... it may give you a little twist to a pretty common activity.
First of all anytime I am going to have the kiddos use dry erase boards - it's important to allow them time to just draw or write. This gives them the freedom to do what they want to do and be able to focus when I need them to.

I decide on a secret word and write it on my dry erase board, but I don't show the kids. Then I call out a letter of the alphabet. The kids look on the word wall and write one of the word wall words that begin with that letter. 
Then, I reveal my secret word. If they wrote the same word I have - they give themselves a tally mark. If not, they don't get a tally mark. SO simple, yet a great word wall activity and the kids LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!


  1. Great way to make word wall practice fun and engaging!
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  3. Looks fun, quick, and easy. Thanks!
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  4. That is a great way to practice word wall and tally marks. I just might have to do this in class this week. My kids LOVE the dry erase boards, but if I don't give them time to draw on them first, I don't get their full attention and I spend a lot of time telling them to stop drawing, and then they loose focus.


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  5. Okay I'm totally stealing this idea for first grade with our high frequency words! My kiddos are going to love it. Thanks for the idea and your totally right about letting them draw just to get it out of their system!!



  6. Judy - steal away! It is such a simple twist with big results! Funny how the silliest things work or change things up!

  7. Great idea as always! I will let let them draw when when are done, helps to keep them focused while we are working, I tell them that if they give me my time I will give them their free time.

  8. Amazing idea! I hope you don't mind me 'stealing' it ;)


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