Directions for Think of a Word:
Have the student rotate the wheel to reveal a letter. Depending on their reading level or knowledge of initial, middle and ending sounds, have them say a word for the letter they revealed. Use the wheel again and ask them for a specific placement for the letter sound.
Directions for Oral Vocabulary:
This can be used as an introduction or a review of the vocabulary used in the Read Aloud Book. It can be used in whole group by calling on individuals to turn the wheel and talk about the word they uncovered. It can be used in a small group setting. This is a good way to familiarize some students with the vocabulary before reading the book. This may help them gain confidence and take part in a classroom discussion of the vocabulary words.
Directions for Say the Words:
Use decoding strategies to read the word uncovered. This can be used in a small group to review sounds and strengthen decoding skills. It can also be used as a quick assessment.
Directions for High Frequency Words:
Use in a large or small group to review and reinforce the lessons high frequency words. It also contains some previous words for review. Have the students say the word revealed in the word wheel window.
All of these wheels work well with volunteers, and for extra work at home. Sending home this packet ahead of the lesson can help a struggling reader build confidence.