I love having a focus wall because everything we are learning for the week is visible and accessible!
The picture above is my ELA focus wall. It has our weekly story title, our genre of the week, our comprehension skill, spelling words, vocabulary words, authors purpose, and writing. Since my room is teeny tiny, I've been hanging up our class generated anchor charts for our weekly comprehension skill there too. Everything is super crunched together, but it works.
Man, I love a good anchor chart but I hate looking at mine sometimes compared to ones from other blogs/Pinterest! Oh well!
I really love having everything together in one place. My focus wall reminds me so often to discuss author's purpose of our story with my kiddos and the type of writing it is almost daily. If these resources aren't hanging up, I'll forget! It's also a powerful tool for my students, but they are slowly learning that if they need to know how to spell a spelling word, it's on the focus wall. It's also powerful during pop in administration observations. Often they ask our kids what they are learning, I've had many a kiddo point to something on the focus wall when talking to an administrator.
For math, we're still working out the kinks. I've always had math resources for my kiddos displayed (think 100s charts, key words posters, etc) but I've really been trying to put our current content vocabulary up and any anchor charts we've made together in our math focus wall space.
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into how I set up focus walls in my classroom! The more I train my kiddos that these resources are there, the more they use them. :)
I'm off to watch a country music special on TV! Goodness, I love country music. :)