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Wonderous Word Wall

I put up a different word wall this year and I am loving it!  My friend, Tammy, over at Dots of Fun has these great letter shape boxes.

They were perfect for my word wall!  I like that they have color lining the edges of the boxes.  Color helps students remember the words- like "how" is the blue one and "who" is the red one.  

The boxes are shaped to fit the type of letter: small, tall or those that fall.  The shape can also be helpful to students when learning words.  Tammy made the boxes white and you just add text boxes to them.  You get to the pick the colors you want for the edges. Super easy and they look fantastic!  After printing them, I glued them to black paper to make them stand out more since I was using my board as the background.  

Tammy has made these great little shape boxes for the Dolch sight word lists and for the Fry word lists.  

Click on the picture above or click here to be taken to Tammy's store to check out her Letter Shape Boxes!  This link will take you to the Dolch 1st grade list since that is what I used on my word wall.  But if you are needing the other Dolch lists or the Fry lists, they are there at her store too!  And Tammy's Letter Shape Boxes are on sale right now!!  How great is that?

In Honor of 9/11

Today is the 12th anniversary of that tragic day in September.  I want to honor those injured, who lost their lives and those that served helping and protecting that day.  

Do you remember where you were that day?  I was teaching my second grade class when a teacher's aide came to tell me what had happened.  It was shocking, but the way this country came together to help one another through tragedy was a beautiful thing. 


  1. Thanks so much for this post about my Letter Shape Boxes!! Your word wall looks great!!!!

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  2. My word wall words are cut out in shapes and different colors too. Some kids need all the visual help they can get. (Wonderful tribute Lori.)

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  3. Your word wall is looking good! That was smart to mount them on black paper!

  4. Lori, I love your word wall. It is nice and clean looking- and easy for the children to actually SEE. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for the 9/11 moment!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  5. I like that you put your word wall on a whiteboard- that seems to make it more interactive! I was a freshman in high school, and I lived only about 20 minutes from the city so we went on lockdown for a few hours.

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  6. Nice word wall. i really like that the words are traced in color and I also like the shape boxes. It just looks so nice and tidy! I was on my way to school when 9/11 happened. We had to teach and couldn't watch the news that day, which was difficult.

  7. Thank you Tammy! Your letter boxes are great and make my word wall so easy for students to use!

  8. Thanks Tammy! I think the colors and shapes are helpful too. :)

  9. The black seems to just help the words to pop a bit for the students. Thanks Barb!

  10. Thank you Carolyn! Being able to see the words on the word wall was my goal!

  11. Thank you Maria! I do want the kids to interact with the word wall. We went into lockdown at our school also on 9/11.

  12. Thanks Sandy! The colors and shapes do seem to help the students and they make the word wall look nice. We couldn't turn on the tvs either on 9/11 and we all wanted news so badly!

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