Cognate Word Wall

A lot of Spanish teachers have the Spanish Alphabet posted in their classrooms. This visual can help show students the extra letters in Spanish and also the Spanish pronunciation. However, I take mine a bit further. I have posted mine on a bulletin board and created a cognate word wall. I use word-strips or sentence strips post-its in three colors to differentiate between verbs, nouns, and adjectives.

Sustantivo Adjetivo Verbo

As we come across cognates during our learning, whether it be from stories, worksheets, videos, or anywhere else that is NOT vocabulary from our textbook, I add the word to our cognate word wall. We continue to add throughout the year.

I encourage students to use these words in their writing and to incorporate them into their vocabulary since they already know the meaning of the word.

About spanishplans

Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Uruguay. Have taught level 1 at middle and high school levels. Degree in Spanish and Master's in Teaching and Leadership. Blogger
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10 Responses to Cognate Word Wall

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  2. Andrea says:

    Where did you get your big alphabet from? I would like to replicate this cognate wall in my classroom!

  3. spanishplans says:

    Oh gosh, I got it years ago at a Teacher’s store, I believe called The Chalkboard. Looking at their site, they don’t have the exact same one, but have something similiar:

  4. Andrea says:

    Thanks! I ended up making my own. By the way, isn’t it Adjetivo not Adjectivo?

  5. spanishplans says:

    Oh my gosh, Thank you so much for pointing that out!

  6. This is a great idea! Great vocabulary-builder usingnwhatbthey already know.

  7. Ruth says:

    I have a huge wall with nothing on it…this will be perfect!!! Because my wall is a block wall and tape doesn’t hold, I laminate posterboards and put them up with velcro. Stays beautifully. I”m going to do my color-coding through the posterboards rather than the strips. I’m really pleased to have found this site!!

  8. Sara Oneal says:

    I would like to buy the kit ,where I can do that?

  9. Lori Smith says:

    Did you laminate the words as they went up? Sometimes the lamination on walls is hard to see in my classroom because the lights bounce off it. I am going to do something similar though! Great idea!

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