In the Trenches

Thoughts and Ideas from a Classroom Teacher

Reader’s Wheels

on May 30, 2012

Earlier in the school year, my children’s third grade reading teacher sent home a Reader’s Wheel that would encourage students to explore different genres of books, while still giving them freedom of choice within each genre. I was (and still am) in love! I hunted down a copy from her, and I was so lucky that she had an entire set for grades K-5.


Here are some ideas on using them with your students…

– Send home a copy for at home reading guidance.

– Make sure to do a library orientation with your students. Because they are listed by Dewey Decimal numbers, it’s important that your students understand where and how to find the books. It’s great to make sure your librarian has a copy of the reading wheels, too.

– Don’t be afraid to mix up what you hand out to your class. You can delete the grade levels listed, and just choose reading wheels that are appropriate for your individual students.

– Make a bulletin board that holds all of your students’ wheels. They can color in a piece when you have decided that they met the criteria for successfully reading the genre (doing a reading response form, taking an AR test, or whatever).

– Paste the Reader’s Wheel into the students Journal. As they finish a book, they can record which title they read and some form of response to the book.

– Highlight one genre from the wheel in your class each week.

– Organize your classroom library with the pieces of the wheels so that students can easily find book bins that correlate.


Find the full set HERE.

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