I loved making my focus wall last August for Reading Street.
It looked great in my classroom!
I used in so faithfully for the first quarter of the school year!
Here's the confession: It's a great idea, but practically it just didn't work for me. More importantly, I did not see my students using it enough to feel like it was worth the time and space investment. When I moved to the new room at the end of January, I never reassembled it. I did feel some guilt about this.
Next year I'm probably going to use a very modified version of it. In my mind I just see 3 panels for each selection:
Panel 1: Title, author, (illustrator), genre and picture of the cover
Panel 2: Vocabulary words and definitions
Panel 3: Big comprehension focus for the selection
Way more streamlined and way less space.
What didn't work out the way you planned this year?