Using a Vocabulary Wheel to Ask Questions (Virtual Tour)
Stage of Literacy Development:
Stage 0: Foundation for Literacy
Stage 1: Beginning Literacy
Stage 2: Consolidation / Fluency
Primary: Knowledge Building, Oral Language & ELL Secondary: Vocabulary
Part of the kindergarten program is every student in the class gets a special day, where he or she gets to be the extra special student. And what that means is they get to take home our treasure bag, bring it back the following day, and in that treasure bag is going to be something that is very special and dear to them. The student will have an opportunity to sit among their peers and the students will ask a series of questions from our vocabulary wheel. I'll usually start off the school year with maybe six or seven questions, questions like what shape is it? How does it feel? Who uses it? What is it made of? And what color is it? And the pictures here help the student read what the word is, and gives them that visual cue. It is then up to the extra special student to answer the questions. So based on what is in the treasure bag he or she will look inside and think about their answer. At the end of our vocabulary wheel series of questions I will try to turn this into a math lesson. If the shape is something that is round I may talk about 2D shapes, if were learning about measurement I may take out the treasure and I might compare the size or length of the object to the student. I may ask questions as who is bigger? Who is smaller? Who is longer? Who is shorter? So once the students have asked the extra special student a series of questions, I myself will review the questions and the answers with the class and we will think out loud what it could be that's in this bag. We will then come up with a response and then students will begin guessing what's in the treasure bag. And then we will conclude and end with comments of appreciation about what the student has brought in to share with his or her peers.
The goal of Extra Special Student: Using a Vocabulary Wheel to Ask Questions (Virtual Tour) is to help students ask questions in order to identify a mystery object and build their vocabulary.
- Include a variety of questions on the vocabulary wheel. Start with a few questions at the beginning of the school year and build on these questions as students become familiar with the activity.
- Vocabulary wheel questions might include: What color is it? Who uses it? and What shape is it?
- Pictures on the vocabulary wheel are a great visual cue and ensure understanding of the questions by all students.
- Integrate mathematics into this activity by talking about math concepts related to the object.