Strategy

Word Wheels and Letter Flip Charts

UDL 1.2 UDL 4.1

Word wheels and letter flip charts are literacy manipulatives, serving as physical graphic organizers that can be used as a learning tool for young readers. They provide a visual for the teacher or student to manipulate targeted phonemes within a word. A student or teacher would change the word by rotating a wheel to expose changing letters and could read the word, say it aloud or write it down to list all the possible words he/she is creating. Word wheels and letter flip charts can be used to increase a child’s mastery of phonics.

Ready-to-Use Resources

Manipulatives

Short-A Vowel Flip Chart

A printable collection of letter tiles to create CVC letter flip charts. This set includes letter combinations for the short vowel A.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Reading · 3 pages


Manipulatives

Short-E Vowel Flip Chart

A printable collection of letter tiles to create CVC letter flip charts. This set includes letter combinations for the short vowel E.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Reading · 3 pages


Manipulatives

Short-I Vowel Flip Chart

A printable collection of letter tiles to create CVC letter flip charts. This set includes letter combinations for the short vowel I.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Reading · 3 pages


Manipulatives

Short-O Vowel Flip Chart

A printable collection of letter tiles to create CVC letter flip charts. This set includes letter combinations for the short vowel O.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Reading · 3 pages


Manipulatives

Short-U Vowel Flip Chart

A printable collection of letter tiles to create CVC letter flip charts. This set includes letter combinations for the short vowel U.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Reading · 3 pages


Templates

Flip Chart Template and Instructions

A printable flip chart template and instructions on how to assemble the flip chart.

Grade K, 1, 2 · Reading · 2 pages


Flash Cards

Illustrated Letter Cards: Lowercase

A set of illustrated lowercase letter cards paired with real-life animals and objects. Letters are grouped in the order in which they can be taught to reduce confusion between similar looking and sounding letters. Included are blank cards to individualize or personalize letter cards.

Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 · English Language Arts, Reading · 5 pages


Flash Cards

Illustrated Letter Cards: Uppercase

A set of illustrated uppercase letter cards paired with real-life animals and objects. Letters are grouped in the order in which they can be taught to reduce confusion between similar looking and sounding letters. Included are blank cards to individualize or personalize letter cards.

Grade K, 1, 2 · English Language Arts, Reading · 5 pages


Implementation Tips

Letter Awareness
For students who struggle with articulation, have them use a word wheel or flip chart to demonstrate that they know the letters that make the sounds the teacher is saying to them.
Templates
Make your own word wheels by printing copies of word wheels on cardstock using templates such as [[ http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/phonics-word-wheels.html | these ]] or [[http://www.abcteach.com/directory/teaching-extras-word-wheels-1935-2-1 | these ]], laminate for durability and organize them by pattern/feature in a hanging file bin so students can easily access during center work time.
Make Your Own
Create your own letter flip chart using colored index cards and book rings, or a [[ http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/2543/phonic-flip-chart | a wire bound index card book ]]
Partner Support
For students who struggle with hand motor skills, partner them with a student who can act as “teacher” and turn the wheel or flip chart for them.

Examples

Word Study
During word study block, have students working in partnerships to move an isolated vowel sound on a word wheel and read the words aloud to each other.
Literacy Center Time
During a literacy center time, have individual students or a small group working with word wheels that target specific vowel teams, consonant clusters, or word families. Students can read the word aloud and then write the words down in a word study journal for the given pattern.
Whole Class Phonics
During a whole class phonics lesson, the teacher can use a word wheel to model how changing specific letters changes the sounds in a word. The teacher can model and have the class repeat and practice.

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