Algebra 1 Word Wall

This algebra 1 word wall started as a way to help my students link nonlinear functions back to what they learned in algebra. Over the years it has morphed into a supplement for an algebra curriculum, showing algebra 1 topics in action through visual examples and pictures. I have heard from so many algebra teachers how presenting the vocabulary this way has been helpful for their visual and English language learners. This algebra word wall now includes a link to a virtual algebra word wall on GOOGLE Slides. You can add furniture and your own bitmoji to the virtual classroom to make it your own.

One year I found myself drawing algebra 1 topics -- linear graphs and tables, in particular -- on the whiteboard over and over and over again. I needed to do this in order to make links from the nonlinear graphs we were learning back to the x-intercepts, y-intercepts and slope my students had learned previously. I wasted so much time drawing those graphs, so the next summer I decided to put together parts of an algebra word wall to cut down on all the drawing. I could hang these reminders in my classroom (and now send as virtual word walls), saving me time and dry erase markers.

algebra word wall with interactive digital version
digital algebra word wall

Embarrassing story alert. This is a story of how my bestselling math resource came about from some hard-to-swallow feedback that pushed me to be better. I had first made the printable version of this algebra word wall, it only included pieces related to liner equations. These were the only parts I needed in my special education algebra 2 classroom, and I convinced myself that the same was true for others. It wasn't. I put it up on tpt and went about my life. I will never forget sitting on the beach with my family and getting a feedback notification that wrecked me. It slammed that word wall for not including more algebra 1 topics.

This algebra word wall started as a way to help my students link nonlinear functions back to what they learned in algebra. Over the years it has morphed into a supplement for an algebra curriculum, showing algebra 1 topics in action through visual examples and pictures. I have heard from so many algebra teachers how presenting the vocabulary this way has been helpful for their visual and English language learners. This algebra word wall now includes a link to a virtual algebra word wall on GOOGLE Slides. You can add furniture and your own bitmoji to the virtual classroom to make it your own.

In my algebra 2 classroom, linear equations were all I needed. We already had our algebra 2 word wall, but I needed that link back to algebra 1. But when I put it on tpt, I unwittingly set in motion something much bigger than I was prepared to handle at the time. 

Fast forward to today and an algebra word wall that is complete with a color version, a black and white version and now even with a virtual version. It now includes so many topics, all making it easier for you to teach algebra 1 and for your students to access the vocabulary and concepts all year. In this post I want to show some of those pieces. 

Linear equations on an Algebra 1 Word Wall

Here is part of the linear section I had added to my algebra 2 classroom. It shows the math vocabulary origin, grid, graph, y-intercept and x-intercept. I have always found examples to work really well with my students, especially my visual and English language learners. So this section shows the vocabulary through the example y = 2x - 6. I later added more to this section, including tables, so that students can make deeper connections to the tables we were creating in class.

Equations and expressions on an Algebra 1 Word Wall

Is it a factor, term, expression, equation? This section shows these vocabulary words as well as exponent, constant, coefficient and variable through more examples. I have found examples helpful for students, especially students who struggle with language for any reason. Being able to apply an example to a new problem is a skill that needs to be developing in kids and one that comes in handy during problem solving.

Compound interest on an Algebra 1 Word Wall

Like most of the later additions to this word wall, this section on compound interest was a teacher request.

There's an exponential functions section in the word wall that is a lot like the linear section, which allows students to compare exponential and linear functions and how they each grow. 

The quadratic functions section has a lot of math vocabulary going on! With how the word wall is set up you can choose to display everything at once or add pieces as you progress through the unit. 

Difference of Squares on an Algebra 1 Word Wall

I've always loved this difference of squares representation. Students get a kick out of it literally being one square minus another.

Completing the square and vertex form, standard form and factored form on an Algebra 1 Word Wall

This section shows the links between completing the square and standard, vertex and factored form quadratics and how all three forms can be used to describe the same graph.

Systems of Inequalities visual on an Algebra 1 Word Wall

All of the photos here are hand-colored, but I also added color versions of all the pieces not too long ago. So if you have access to a color printer, everything will print in about the colors I used to color the pieces in these photos.

Solving systems of equations through graphing, elimination and substitution with links to their graphs are included.

Algebraic and geometric sequences were another more recent addition from  teacher request. 

And of course, quadratics. The different forms, the Quadratic Formula, difference of squares, completing the square, zeros, vertex, second difference. I also added domain, range, increasing, decreasing and function notation into this section.


UPDATE: This algebra word wall in this post now includes a link to a virtual algebra word wall in GOOGLE Slides. 



You can add furniture and your own bitmoji to the virtual classroom to make it your own. The virtual word wall link was added to the printable file. This way your students will have access to their algebra vocabulary whether or not they are in class.


But how do I send a virtual word wall to my students? 


I made a quick video showing how to share your virtual word wall with students. You can see that video here.


There is more included in the algebra word wall than shown in these photos. You can find this word wall here: Algebra Word Wall - print and digital. The color version, black and white version and the virtual word wall are all included in the same file.

Algebra Word Wall - print and digital

See more math word walls.


Algebra Activities Bundle w/ GOOGLE updates
Algebra Activities Bundle w/ digital updates


The word wall with its virtual update is included in my Algebra Activities Bundle w/ digital updates


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