Holy Moly this might be my new favorite Amazon Must Have for my classroom! A carnival style prize wheel…that's dry erase!! Yessss! I am so stinkin' excited to use this in my classroom in a variety of ways and I wanted to share them with you here! If you are wanting to grab this for your classroom here is the link. It is super sturdy and will last forever!
- Homework Club: I have a homework club in my classroom that runs every 9 weeks. When a student goes all nine weeks with turning their homework in (once a week) they get to remain in homework club. I plan on using the prize wheel to write the student generated ideas for prizes and letting them spin to see what they won!
- Vocabulary Practice: Write the words you are studying on the wheel and have a student spin.. someone then needs to act it out, share the definition, antonym, synonym, or use it in a sentence. You could also write those 5 choices on the wheel TWICE and then spin for each word!
- Partners: Have every student have a “colored” partner and spin to tell them which partner they are working with at that time! (no writing required for this one!)
- Lining up: Write things like born in ____, longest hair, wearing blue, etc and spin to line up/grab clipboards/pick a spot to work in/etc!
- Random Student Prizes: Write different prizes on the wheel like no shoes, sit anywhere, pen all day, classroom economy amount and then spin during lessons for students who are participating, being a class leader, etc
- Classroom Economy: Write different amounts for the students to earn for different things or after certain class activities
- Choose a Read Aloud: Write the different chapter books or picture books that you will read next and spin to decide!
- Math Practice: Write math problems on the different spaces and spin to have ALL students work on that problem..use this as an exit ticket to go to lunch/recess!
- Fact Practice: Write different numbers on each section and tell them a number and operation on the board (times 3). Spin for a number to solve that equation. Example..spin a 4 would be 4×3!
- Reading Think Alouds: Write things like: connection, exciting, confusing, question, emotion, etc and during a read aloud spin to have someone tell you what they landed on. If you land on connection have a student tell you a connection they have made to the story you are reading. Add a free space to have them share ANY thought they have about the story! “I really love the main character, because…”
- Reading Comprehension Questions: Use the spaces to write theme, main idea, comparing and contrasting characters, setting, plot, etc and spin during a read aloud. This is a super quick and easy way to check for comprehension! You could also write specific questions to that story. This is also a great option for the small group table!
- Higher Order Thinking Question Stems: Write some higher thinking questions on the spinner to use throughout your day!
- Tutoring: Use all these ideas with other kids you might not see all day.
I have all of this information in a Facebook live video on my page here if you want to watch! This is another way to keep your students engaged in learning! I hope you and your students love these ideas and if you have some of your own I would love to hear them!!