With classroom space limited, consider building up a ‘Word Wall’ on available windows or glass doors. Window crayons can be purchased cheaply on Amazon. Whenever a new or interesting word crops up in discussion or through reading, add it to the wall.

Thanks to @kenradical for providing me with the inspiration for this idea!

Screen Shot 2015-02-21 at 12.16.26Taking it further

  • Consider having separate word walls for different year groups.
  • The word wall can be used for regular lesson starters.
    • With younger classes, invite a different student each lesson to ask for a definition of one of the words added by the older classes.
    • With older classes, challenge students to construct a sentence using different words from the wall in relation to the topic currently being studied.