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Hi Friends,

I had a few more responses after my immediate hit yesterday and wanted to 
share them!  :>

We have a word wall above the computers with the most commonly requested 
words - underpants, captain, scary, Junie, etc.  We rotate them out each 
nine weeks and include seasonal words - leprechaun, valentine.  Helps 
tremendously.

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appendix
author
available
barcode
bibliography
call number
chapter
copies
copyright
covers
date due
date of publication
dedication
disposed
edition
editor
encyclopedia
endpapers
fiction
glossary
guide words
illustration
illustrator
index
introduction
junior fiction
keyword
location
main heading
menu
non-fiction
on loan
OPAC
overdue
page numbers
preface
print/font
publisher
reserve
revised edition
search
series
set
shelf label
spine
spine label
sub-heading
table of contents
title
title page
Volume

I also have a PowerPoint.  I usually use the PowerPoint during the first 
few weeks of the school year.  It loops through during the lunch-break. I 
have also used it with individual classes of course. W: twade12@eq.edu.au

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One thing that you can add to the words on your word wall are dewey
numbers at the bottom of the words.  I saw this on a commercially
produced alphabet chart for the classroom one time and vowed that if
I ever got back to an elementary school media center I would do a
word wall with the dewey included.

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Just an aside actually - all our libraries have word walls - it's a 
county-wide required piece in establishing a literacy rich environment. The 
"static" word wall has library words, but many libraries also have words 
that are project specific as well.

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         I also have a word wall in the story kiva( a place of ceremony and 
learning---Hopi Indians) of my library. Because my school is 85% English 
language learners, instead of library words, I used pictures and the noun 
that names the picture--ie: ducks, dogs, so forth...The title of my word 
wall is What kind of books to read----books about------and I have multiple 
words for every letter except X.  The pictures came from book jackets minus 
titles and from photographs I have taken.
         When we play "Hangman", I try to make sure that at least one of 
the words we try to figure out comes from the word wall, while the rest 
come from the vocabulary of the day's lesson.
         My words are laminated and then waxed....They stick fairly well to 
the wall...tho on Mondays i usually have to re affix some to the wall...Not 
a hard job at all.

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I don't have an extensive word wall, but I do have a basic with
     words for each grade level.  The words are color-coded by
     grade level and in alphabetical order.  My words are PreK-2

     PK
     author, barcode, easy, illustrator, picture book, title

     K
     classic, cover, fiction, non-fiction, spine, tall tale

     1
     characters, drama, fable, fairy tale, folktale, hero, heroine,
     illustrations, poem, poetry, rhyme, series

     2
     biography, Caldecott, fairy tale, fantasy, legend, myth, Newbery,
     Title Page

     The lists frequently overlap, and I'll probably make additions
     deletions next year.  What I would like to add is art related
     words for the 2nd grade since we study Caldecotts all year.
     They are becoming very adept at identifying the medium used in
     winning books!

     I should also mention word walls are a requirement in our
     school.  Luckily I already had mine in progress when I
     discovered that!  It's great to refer to as I introduce and reinforce
     ideas.  It's also great for the Pre-K and K students to see a word
     in print and not just heard spoken.


Toni Buzzeo, MA, MLIS <mailto:tonibuzzeo@tonibuzzeo.com>
Maine Library Media Specialist of the Year Emerita
Maine Association of School Libraries Board Member
Buxton, ME 04093
http://www.tonibuzzeo.com  

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