Have you ever seen a spin wheel used in an elementary classroom? Do you already own a spinner? What are your best spin wheel ideas for the classroom? Let’s share all the clever ways that you can use this engaging teaching tool (and read on for your chance to win the wheel pictured above)!
Spin wheel ideas for the classroom:
- Behavior Incentives: Prizes or privileges can be written on each piece of the pie. At the end of an instructional period (or the end of the day), students spin the wheel for some type of reward (tangible reward or classroom incentive).
- Academic Incentive: Prizes or privileges can be used for things like returning homework for a given period of time, a certain percentage on tests and/or assignments, or for exhibiting certain character traits (perseverance, cooperation, etc.).
- Word Families: Write word family endings on each piece of the pie. After a student spins the wheel, he/she must generate words using the selected word family.
- Story Elements: Write questions on each pie piece related to a story in language arts. Include questions about comprehension, inferences, cause and effect, theme, or context clues and let the fun begin!
- Math Facts Practice: Write numbers on each piece of the pie. Give the students a rule (almost like a function table) prior to spinning. For example, the number spun must be multiplied by 8, or added to 7, or subtracted by 6, etc.
- Write each of the classroom jobs or responsibilities on the pie pieces. When you change jobs for students, ask them to spin the wheel. Some students may need to spin more than once if the job they land on is already assigned.
- Write the student’s names on the pie pieces. Call out a job and use the spinner! With student names on the spinner, you can also use it to call on students or to create student groups (or partner pairs).
- Spin the wheel when it’s time for a brain break! Write the options on the pie pieces and spin the wheel to find out what’s on the agenda. Some yoga, a quick dance party, or Simon Says anyone?
- Write point values on each pie piece and ask academic related questions, spin the wheel, and find out how many points can be earned for answering a question correctly. This also works great for test review!
How would you use this spin wheel in your classroom?
Do you want to own the spinner you see in the picture above? If the answer is YES, share ONE way you would use the spin wheel in your classroom (in the comments section of this post), follow my Instagram page, and tag two teachers on the Instagram picture for the giveaway! That’s it! Don’t forget to include your email address in the comments below so that I can contact you if you win. The winner will be chosen and announced on September 9th!
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