- Prepare a colourful piece of paper which can be used as a background for the wall dictionary.
- Sew 26 pockets on it (or use glue/sticky tape) and label each pocket with a letter of the alphabet.
- Ask the children to prepare sets of letter cards by writing the 26 letters on some small pieces of paper. They put their letters into the pockets as soon as they can.
- We can use this wall dictionary at any time to practise spelling.
- For example, divide the class into three or four groups. They listen to words and then choose letters from the pockets to spell the words.
Of course, you can make several wall dictionaries so that students can play at the same time without fighting.
Students always have problems with spelling at least non native speakers. I use slightly different one. I divide the class into two teams.One person from each group come to the blackboard and you give each of them a word. One of them spell the word and the other one tries to find it. Then they shift the roles. The others can do it in their places. You can walk around, observe them and help if they need it.
I also use a wall dictionary in class with my beginners. But every pupil has an individual dictionary in a form of a folder. Pupils spell given words individually and the wall dictionary is used e.g.for checking. Every pupil is involved then.
I seldom bring wall dictoinary because of my students don't have any money to buy dictionary, I confuse how to teach them.?
Love the idea!
I will make the wall dictionary using hanging shoe organisers! Will let you know how it goes!