Friday, July 20, 2012

Word Wall Anybody? *Freebie*

Do you ever think about the words you use to name things as a teacher and what it might sound like to others?!?  I just got a giggle out of my "title" for this blog post.  Word Wall...what you talkin' about Willis? 


Nah...just that wonderful wall most teacher deem sacred for those high frequency words kiddos encounter day in and day out.  "You better know those words or Mrs. W. will never, ever do another somersault in class ever, ever again!"

My word wall needed an overhaul.  I mean, I DO refer to that thing every single day...multiple times a day.  "Isn't that a word wall word?  Shouldn't it be spelled correctly?" "Don't you stretch that word wall word out you just know a SNAP" "Do you see this wall? {Picture over exaggerated points, hugs, googly eyes} it's full of some supertastic words".  All that fuss about this wall, but it really doesn't look like much.  I still had the old headers up there that somebody made for me...hmmm....10 years ago?!?  Let's just say they've seen better days.

So I put my newly honed talents to work and created some new ones.  Do you want to know what I like about them?  They are black and white.  I did that on purpose.  Well thought out.  Actually woke up in the middle of the night the other night and wrote it down on my to-do list next to my bed.

I thought they would look really good backed with either a color or with more black {sort of like my environmental print concept}.  My room is so colorful and eclectic - I'm not much of a theme person, so I thought using black and white for those really important items that stay up year-round might help them stand out more. 

If your word wall is need of some sprucing up you can pick up this pack that has three different font choices, two different frame choices and larger headers that spell out "Word Wall".  The larger headers can either match the smaller ones or you can choose this adorable one...

Edited: I added word wall headers for each letter with this same frame!!! Can you say CUTE!?!

There's also a bonus page included that I just know your kids will love...Spell It, Smell It!

I know you're loading your carts just waiting for that big back to school sale you know is just around the corner over at TpT.  Mine is F-U-L-L!!!!

Awww...shucks, I'll just toss out a little freebie...I'm loving my Spell It, Smell It and I just know you will too.  Just be sure to pick up some Scentos to make it complete!!!!  Don't know what I'm talking about?

Click the picture to download!
What's something new you're planning for this next school year?  New decor?  New program? Daily 5? Cafe?  Isn't it awesome how we can reinvent ourselves and our classrooms each year!?!?



  1. Spell it, Smell it!!! So cute, so funny, and just a great idea Holly!

    For me, I am redoing how I do centers! We'll see how it pans out. I am changing quite a bit up and am soooo looking forward to it :0)

  2. I LOVE the green and pink colored word wall letters! Are the colored letters included in the pack? I couldn't see them in the preview.

    I'm also loading up my cart!

    Down Under Teacher

    1. Kylie - I just added them!!!!! I was wondering if I should...should have gone with my gut the first time. Anyway - they are there and so cute!!!!!!!

  3. I'm going to implement the Daily 5 and I'm sooo excited about it! The more I read, the more it makes sense!
    I'm hoping it will go as well as I expect!!!

    One Berry Blog

  4. The spell it, smell it is a fabulous idea:)
    Thanks for sharing!

    I am having a birthday giveaway and would love for you to enter.

    The Resourceful Apple

  5. Love it all! Youre so good! Im a bad blogger! Miss you bloggy friend!

  6. I love the new word wall and the smelly spelling! So cute! Thanks for the freebie.
    The Bubblegum Tree

  7. I love spell it smell it. I took the smelly markers away last year because the kids were always arguing over them. But just allowing them for practicing spelling words might work. Smelly markers can be highly motivating! Thanks for the idea!
    Adventures in Room 5

  8. Cute word wall letters. Love spell it smell it! I really need to grab some Scentos!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  9. I LOVE the spell it, SMELL it idea!! :) My kids love when I grade with my smelly markers but I'll definitely have to put this into our word work area!! Thanks!!

    A Day in First Grade

  10. I love love love your word wall letters. I wasn't going to change my letters out becuase it was too much work but yours match my theme perfectly. I'm going to have to bite the bullet and redo it now. And you made me laugh out loud for real at the beginning.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  11. Thanks for all the awesome freebies! I can't wait to try spell it and smell it! This year, I'm also going to try using coupons as rewards instead of prizes. I think with a little customization, I can really inspire the students to try their best.

    By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog! I was actually just nominated for The Versatile Blogger award. And guess what! I'm passing it on to you!! Your blog is full of so many wonderful ideas. I've been reading it for quite a while now. Thank you for giving teachers inspiration to become better!


    First Grade Fascination

  12. I am loving Spell It and Smell It. My kiddos go nuts over the flashlight game.

    Thank you for always leaving such sweet and encouraging comments on my blog. You are such a blessing. =)

    Heather's Heart

  13. I'm cleaning up my links today and realized I haven't been "officially" following you--yikes!
    I fixed that, lol :-)!

    In my classroom, I'm not allowed to hang anything on the walls. I do have a 3'x4' board that is currently empty...maybe it can be a word wall. The fact that I don't have a word wall has bothered me! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  14. I'm thinking of starting Daily 5. Oh so nervous but I really like what I know about it and am jazzed for a shake-up.

    Oh and I use teacher words that are weird, too. One of our standardized tests has the acronym while we administer it we just saying we're DIBELing...

  15. Holly - You are so amazingly talented! Love Spell it, Smell it! So cute! :) And I love your Word Wall cards - super cute! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  16. I saw those markers tonight at Walmart and couldn't remember how you used them. Cute idea, I can see this idea working for a few things in my room.
    ~Meghan G (guerrama29)


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