Bright Ideas July!

I'm here with a Bright Idea for July!

I've moved into my new classroom and have started moving things around.  I'm so lucky, since the teacher who was in my room last year left a lot of decor items up for me.  One including the word wall.  She left little tacks underneath the letters on these cupboards and I'm not sure what they are for.

So I decided to make my own interactive word wall! First, I typed up the sight words from our new basal series that we have to teach, Wonders.  I printed them, cut them out, and laminated them.

Then, I stapled black ribbon underneath each letter card on the word wall. 

Next, I needed to gather materials to make the words interactive.  I decided to use glue dots (on sale at OfficeMax!) and clothes pins.

I put two glue dots on the pin.

Then pressed the card onto the pin.

And pinned it onto the ribbon.  Now the kids can come up to the word wall and clip on and off words that they need to use during writing! 

I am so excited to use this system in my classroom this year! 

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  1. Nicole~I love the idea of adding ribbon and the glue dots are super smart. I am setting up my first grade classroom this year and I am totally grabbing this idea!
    The Schroeder Page

  2. Just what I was looking for! I was trying to figure out how to make my word wall interactive this year as well! Brilliant :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Brilliant!!! I love this idea. Side note: I LOVE glue dots! I just discovered them and ordered a ton. Where have they been all my life? I was even contemplating doing a blog post just about my love for glue dots. LOL! Thanks for the great interactive word wall tip! Such a great idea.
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  4. Great idea! I've been trying to figure out how to make my word wall interactive since I don't have a magnetic board for it. Thanks so much!

  5. Thanks for sharing. I am guessing that the former teacher used the push pins to hang word wall cards that were on a ring. : )