Question Wheels are a fun tool to support language learners in asking questions about parts of stories! Download is 2 pages, the bottom of the wheel with questions and the top of the wheel with a cut-out window to view the type of question.
Question Wheels assist language learners when having conversations whole class, small group, or with partners about a story that they have read. Students can share one question wheel or, make multiple wheels for students. They take turns asking one another questions about parts of the story (setting(s), problem(s) & solution(s), events, chapters/scenes, character(s), and message/lesson). Spin the center circle to reveal 2-3 questions related to making inferences about that aspect of the story. Students choose a question to ask and read it to their partner. For example, "What if the setting were changed to ____________?" Clip art makes the meaning of the heading clear for language learners.
Print the two circles on cardstock or other sturdy paper, cut out the clearly marked window in the smaller circle and attach the two circles with a brad fastener.
Variations & Extensions
Students can be required to record their questions and/or their answers in writing. Alternatively, a scribe can record questions and/or answers for the group. Direct students to point to the page or pages in the story that they refer to when answering a question.
Common Core Reading Standard 1
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.