Word walls are an excellent classroom tool. Sure, you can slap some words on the wall and forget about them for the rest of the year. OR, you can create a dynamic, accessible, functional tool for your students to use while writing and reading! I love the CVC Word Wall Words for Kindergarten Literacy Centers because they go way beyond cute classroom decor.
Learning About An Interactive Word Wall:
WORD WALL PRINTABLE CVC WORDS FOR KINDERGARTEN
ENGAGE STUDENTS WITH YOUR KINDERGARTEN WORD WALL BY PLAYING GAMES, NOTING ADDITIONS TO THE WORD WALL, AND SHOWING THEM HOW TO USE IT.
Pairing CVC words with pictures helps early readers connect words to objects and make meaning. Each short vowel word card in this set has a picture to accompany the word.
Make sure to introduce each word you put on the wall with great fanfare! Limit additions to the word wall to about five per week so students don’t become overwhelmed with too many unknown words.
The more practice students have reading, spelling, and writing the short vowel words on the word wall, the more confident they will become in all of their literacy skills.
It’s also important to place the words in a spot where children can easily see and touch them (pointers work well for this).
Students can use the word wall for many things, from word worksheets to independent writing time:
- Pick a word, then write it and draw own picture
- Choose a word from the wall, then build it with letters
- Point to a word and have a partner read it, then switch roles
- Pick a letter from a bucket, then find a word that begins/ends with that sound
What Can Kindergarteners Learn From a Word Wall?
CREATIVE WORD WALL IDEAS
TEACHING CVC WORDS WITH A WORD WALL HELPS STUDENTS WRITE AND READ CVC WORDS INDEPENDENTLY.
Other benefits of a classroom word wall include:
- Can be a great way to refer to vocabulary words or sight words
- Provides a visual of spelling patterns
- Pictures accompanied by words help young readers decode
- Offers visual organization of word patterns
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Short Vowel Sounds?
Learning short sounds before long vowel sounds helps early readers become fluent with consonant sounds and blending simple words.
How To Use The Free CVC Word Cards
USING A WORD WALL IN KINDERGARTEN
THE CVC WORD WALL CARDS PAIR WITH THE ALPHABET WORD WALL CARDS.
Print the CVC word/picture cards onto printer paper or white card stock. Then, cut them apart. If you like laminating, you can do that next.
I included header cards for each vowel if you want to sort the words by their middle sound. If you would like to place the words under their beginning consonant, you can use the header cards from my Alphabet Word Wall.
There are many ways to implement word walls into your instruction or literacy center time. Most importantly, keep it a “working document” that you and your students refer to regularly.
Other Ways To Include Word Walls This School Year:
Gather students around the word wall for a fun guess-my-word game. Give clues, like, “It begins with /b/. The vowel sound is /e/,” etc. When students become familiar with the routine, they can take turns making up clues!
Spend a few minutes each day chanting/singing words! Point to the word on the word wall and ask students to read it, then chant its letters. Include other large or fine motor movements like snapping, clapping, etc.
Make a duplicate set of consonant/vowel/ consonant word cards. Shuffle them and place them at the literacy center. Students pick a card, read it (or write the CVC word), then find its match on the word wall.