Word wheels are so much fun. You can do them whole class, in small groups, or assign them individually.
What I like about this activity (beyond how much it improves the kids vocabulary!) is that it's quick and easy. They also make great reference tools all year long - just hang them from the ceiling for instant coolness.
This is also really great for ESL vocabulary learners as it helps them learn parts of words in a more concrete way.
I like to coordinate these with special holidays because those hold great importance in a primary classroom.
My Valentine's Word Wheel uses the base word gram which means "write or draw", and the sections have words like: candygram, telegram, cryptogram, gramophone, monogram, and tangram.
Each word is illustrated for Valentine's Day, with the cryptogram being a secret "I Love You" message, and the tangram being the shape of a heart.
The younger the students the more direct instruction and guidance is needed, but this is a really neat way to address improving vocabulary in a powerful and robust manner. Plus, it's a lot of fun!
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