Sight Word Wall featuring First 500 Words

Word Walls are one of the trickiest things to deal with when it comes to working with multiple grades in one classroom. I always want to display words but it comes down to needs: who needs to see the words the most and then space. I never seem to have enough space to display all the words I would like to put up!

Last year I made a Pre-primer and Primer word wall for my 1st graders. By the time I hung those up I was out of wall space. Sometimes my 3rd, 4th and 5th graders would ask me how to spell something, or I would see them checking the word wall, but alas, it wouldn't be on there! So, I decided to try using first five hundred words this year instead. 

I included 5 sets:

As well as Alphabet headers:
The owl alphabet headers are 6 1/2 x 5 inches and the word cards are 2 1/2 x 5 inches.

Each set of words has a different colored background, in case you need to sort through them, or want to display only one set at a time. All of the colors match the owl headers so they can be mixed and matched to suit your classes needs!

I plan on mixing the sets together and displaying all of them in my room this year. I think that will save me the trouble of having to redo my word wall displays as my groups progress. It will also allow everyone to access words they may not be familiar with.

This set is available in my TpT store!


  1. These are so cute. What a great idea to use Fry's words. I teach in a multi-grade setting (1st-6th), so these would be perfect for my group. I guess I would put out as many sets as would fit in the space under my board.

  2. I have a huge back wall, and am looking for ways to fill it up! I would put up 1 set at a time and have my 1st and 2nd graders work through them. I can see calling out a word and having students race to tap it, etc.

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  3. I always get newcomers who do not read a word of English so I immediately start them on fry's 100 words, both reading them and writing them. I would use this word wall for them.

  4. I love them! My classroom is decorated in owls and these would fit "owl"fully well!

  5. This set looks awesome! I just finished my credential/degree so I'm looking for a job now, but I could definitely see using them at any grade level. They'd be great for ELL students at any level, especially newcomers. Also, I've already been using Pre-primer word games at home with my daughter who will be starting TK this fall, so maybe I could use this in some way with my own kids. So many possibilities!


  6. Word walls and in an owl themed that's perfect! I'm starting my 10th year but my first year in Kinder, so I'm sure we would the first 100. Im thinking I would diplay them under my alphabet list cards