So, first things first, what is a "word wheel"? Well, it's pretty much what it sounds like. Our word wheels are made up of 3 moveable parts:
At first, we just used the word wheels as a way to review and study words, but then something amazing happened! We started to find more and more ways that they could be used for individual, partner, and whole class activities. We also found that they helped us build more skills than just memorizing vocabulary. We started to use them to help us build listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. All of these activities use the same wheel, just configured in a variety of different ways.
1. When we are just getting to know the word, we use them like this in place of a vocabulary list. The filter acts as a way to focus students on one particular word-picture combination. I would begin by showing them a Spanish word and asking what it is...they would then find that word on their wheel and look at the corresponding picture.
2. Once students were familiar enough with the words, they could use their wheels to practice matching the words and pictures when we had a few extra minutes at the end of class and at home. I would have them move the word wheel to the top for this so that they could easily shuffle the words by moving the wheel around.
3. We also use them for partner practice. We just remove the word wheel and give that to one student. The other student keeps the picture wheel. They can easily quiz each other.
4. The same set up can be used to play simple class wide listening games. I say a word in Spanish and they must find the picture.
5. We also use them to practice writing or spelling words. We use dry erase markers to write the words ourselves.
You can download your own template for creating word wheels, or you can check out the many pre-made word wheels available in my store by clicking the pictures below.