Wall dictionary

This is a good way to help kids learn and review their vocabulary. It really helps them with the alphabet and spelling.

Nonia Gao, China


  • 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.

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Submitted by Gulshan Huseynli on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 08:19


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.

Submitted by liudababechko on Thu, 06/02/2011 - 10:04


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.?


Submitted by Mariteremelm on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:02


I like the idea a lot. Thanks for sharing. I will make one for my classroom I love it!!

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