Sight Words for Word walls

Those CRAZY Word Walls!



I can honestly say, in my 27 years in first grade,

I have “redone” my word wall

probably 26 times!

My dilemma is always the same…

How to put them on the wall so kids can

access them ( at ANY reading level!)?

At first, I thought “A..B..C” order.

Then, I thought “by curriculum unit..week 1..week 2, etc”.

Next, I thought ” phonics sounds ..short a..short e…etc”.

Last, I thought “they don’t even LOOK at IT!”

and so…


What to do?  What to do?



So what do THEY want?

What will THEY use?

What do THEY want it to look like?

And they TOLD ME!!

They helped me “SOLVE” our Word Wall “PROBLEM”!

WHAT? You want ME to help SOLVE our WORD WALL PROBLEM???

My Word Wall 

Now our word wall has sight words we use for 6 weeks

( 1 unit of our curriculum).


These words will be in our stories 


on our TESTS!


We study them EVERY day ( at Morning Meeting ) 


we play I SPY with the words wall DAILY!

The kids practice with each other, too!

Partner Practice…yippee!

We use our chromebooks, write on our desks with whiteboard markers, flash cards to take home, and we play LOTS of word games!


My WORD WALL focus’ on sight words.

I teach vocabulary words, but those go on our focus wall for weekly connections. 

This year…I am adding personal word walls to their writer’s workshop folders. 


They will add words THEY need to use in THEIR writing.

 This was last year when we did WAY TOO many 

words at one time!



Word Wall by ABC order

Large Word Wall by ABC order

Sight Word games from the Word Wall

Lots of games to practice our “words”.

I have some games and products

 to help with WORD WALLS.

Check them out!

So to Conclude…

When putting up word walls, fewer WORDS at one time is BEST!

Teach to MASTERY!  Review!  Practice!  Be consistent!

PINTEREST HAS A MULTITUDE of resources to help.

I found these:

         Especially Education  

       All Students Can Shine

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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I hope this helps your students become BETTER readers and writers!

Leave me a comment. How are things going? Anything I can do to help?  🙂

Wendy   1stgradefireworks


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4 thoughts on “Those CRAZY Word Walls!

  1. Jamie

    This was very helpful! I’ve bern thinking about how I want to change my word wall up for next year. Great advice!

  2. Star Kids – Hello! I am Mrs. Munoz. I live in sunny Florida with my amazing husband and family. I teach kindergarten!
    Star Kids

    Great information! I have done my word wall so many times. Thank you for sharing your experience. It will make my life easier.

  3. 1stgradefireworks – Welcome to 1stgradefireworks, where GIGGLES, GRINS, HUGS, & HIGH FIVES are the NORM! 1stgradefireworks is an exciting place where imagination and cooperation support ALL learners! I have teacher tips, classroom resources, freebies, and classroom organization materials for homeschool and classroom friends!
    1stgradefireworks Post author

    Me too! It’s always a work in progress. For student mastery…I’m going for LESS IS MORE! 🙂

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