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Focus Walls

What is a Focus Wall?

  • Interactive language arts bulletin board
  • Reflects the current teaching/learning occurring in the classroom
  • Becomes focal point for new learning as theme is launched
  • As theme progresses, it evolves to reflect a deeper understanding of ideas discussed in theme
  • Focuses students’ learning
  • Serves as a visual aid for students
  • Helps students to make connections with language arts elements and new concepts presented in the theme
  • Encourages use and application of academic language

Components of a Focus Wall

  • Theme Title
  • Selection Stories (Titles/Covers)
  • Genre(s)
  • Comprehension Strategies
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Vocabulary Words
  • Spelling Words and/or High Frequency Words
  • Language Arts Standards
  • Theme-Related Pictures and Realia
  • Websites

Possible Materials

  • Pocket charts
  • Index Cards
  • Cut-outs
  • Sentence Strips
  • Chart Paper
  • Rings
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Highlighter Tape
  • Post-it Arrows
  • Plastic Bags
  • Clothespins
  • Related Pictures/Clip-Art