Word Trees: Save Precious Wall Space with a Hanging Word Wall

December 10, 2014

Decorate your classroom a little differently this year by making a "word tree" instead of a word wall. Use it to hang vocabulary or display student work in a visually interesting way without using up any precious wall space.
Some people have word walls, I have a WORD TREE!

Long ago I found that there is never enough wall space to hang things: posters, rubrics, student work, etc. and a word wall is on the classroom setup checklist for my school.

It is something administrators are always looking for, but by the end of the year I find that my word wall is taking up way too much of my bulletin board space.

After seeing something similar in a pre-school classroom for hanging student artwork, I came up with the space saving idea of hanging my word wall from a word tree.

First I collected some dead tree branches and tied them together at one end to create a "tree." Make sure there aren't any critters hanging out in your branches before you bring them into your school.
Decorate your classroom a little differently this year by making a "word tree" instead of a word wall. Use it to hang vocabulary or display student work in a visually interesting way without using up any precious wall space.

Then using those wonderful clips for drop ceilings, I hung my tree. As the year goes on, I hang the words back to back (again to save space).

If you aren't allowed to staple or tape things to your walls, this tree is perfect for your vocabulary or showcasing student work. I love that this saves me wall space, but also makes my classroom more visually interesting.

Click here for a copy of my "Growing Our Content Knowledge" sign to hang from your own word tree. The text and image are printed twice so you can cut the page in two, glue the pieces back to back, and then hang from your tree.
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