I first heard about Wheel Decide in a blog post on eltplanning.com. A free online spinner tool that allows you to create your own digital wheels or use one of the many wheels which have already been created. I have used it in all my classes since and it has gone down a storm. There are so many ways you could use this in class but here are some which have worked for me.
- Instead of giving a traditional vocabulary test I have used the wheel to “test” students. Prepare a wheel with all your students names and use it to choose who gives you the translation, example sentence, definition, spelling etc. of the target vocabulary.
TIP! Scroll down to use the Advanced options and “remove choice after landed on” (in this case the student) if you don’t want the same student to answer
- Alternatively prepare a wheel with the target vocabulary and ask students to translate, give a definition, write a sentence with the chosen word etc.
- My students love the game they call “Tutti Frutti,” I call “Stop that bus” and Hasbro call “Scattegories” (Choose 5 categories, e.g animals, places, countries… and think of one word for each, beginning with the chosen letter.) You can use the wheel to choose the letter used for each round.
- I have also used the alphabet wheel to brainstorm as many words as possible in a category beginning with the chosen letter e.g “things in the classroom”
- To revise topics studied throughout the course (you can modify the wheel to keep adding new topics) or vocabulary within a topic e.g My younger students talked for one minute about the animal chosen by the wheel. We revised vocabulary related to what an animal looks like and the present simple form, have got, and can. Animals wheel
- Students must speak for 1 minute about the chosen topic whilst their partners monitor and feedback.
- Students brainstorm as many words as possible about the chosen topic e.g Places in a town (cinema, school, sports centre…)
- Instead of doing an exercise from the textbook create a wheel with questions to practise the target vocabulary/grammar or functional language. Spin the wheel and have students answer the question (I usually put my students into pairs/small groups for this activity.)
I always use the stairs, I have a phobia of _________
This weekend I ____________ (visit) my cousins
Have you failed your exam? I’m afraid ____
- Comparing: Instead of doing exercises on the comparative/superlative from the text book, create wheels to instigate comparisons (Cities, people in the class, subjects etc) Spin the wheel twice and students have to compare the two choices e.g Vigo and London, Javi and Pablo, English and Maths.
- Prepare a set of questions to practise the target language. Put students into pairs, spin the wheel and listen to their answers. I have used this as a warmer to revise target language from a previous class.
What is there to do in your town?
What would you do if you were president for one day?
- Similarly you can prepare sentences halves which students have to finish:
If I was an animal…
The world would be a better place if …
Last night at 10.00 pm I was….
- Alternatively prepare “provocative” statements for students to discuss e.g Boys are better at football than girls. Sit back and watch those girls go!
- Let students and the wheel decide the class for the day. Prior to class give them the objectives and learning outcomes for “their” class and let them make suggestions of activities, exercises, games etc. to achieve their objectives. Prepare a wheel with their ideas and spin.
- To revise before a test I have used the wheel to choose exercises to complete in the textbook, for some reason they do the exercises less grudgingly if the wheel decides…
- Students suggest games to play, songs to listen to or videos to watch as a reward for good behaviour, achievement of objectives etc. The teacher creates a wheel based on their suggestions and waits for them to behave well, achieve their objectives… (be patient!)
Have you used Wheel Decide in your class? Please share any other ways to use it in the comments box below.
TIP! Use the Advanced options feature to change the colours of your wheel and length of the spin.