At the end of the school year, I often have the students create "Memory Wheels." I laminate them and save them to put up at the beginning of the new school year. Creating these wheels gives students a chance to reminisce about the school year, and the wheels give the incoming students a chance to see what the "old" students thought was fun about their 6th grade school year. Students write a sentence or two in each section and then create an illustration.
I did put a few of these up at school today, for our new students to see on Monday.
The wheel could be used at the beginning of the year, as a "getting to know you" activity. The student's name would go in the center circle. The student would need to choose 8 things to share about him/herself, and then write a brief description of them and illustrate them. I haven't used the wheel in this way yet, but I think I like the idea:)
The wheel can be used for any type of project, at any time during the school year. In the past, I have used the wheels as a book report project: students choose main events from the book to feature in each section, they write a brief description of each event, and then illustrate each one. The title and author are written in the center circle.
The students use a template (that I had drawn) to help them create their wheel.
I have them use either oak tag or large white construction paper. I didn't measure the diameter of the circle (the wheels are at school now, while I'm at home), but I believe when I use the 12" by 18" paper, the circle just hits the top and bottom edges.
Now, I need to think of a way to use the wheel in math....maybe a geometry wheel? Any thoughts?
A few uses for content area:
Hi, I'm Ellie! I've been in education for 25 years, teaching all subject areas at both the elementary and middle school levels.