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Wheely Wonderful Words – Emotional States Vocabulary

PDF, Word | 1 page|Grades: 2 - 6

A word wheel of synonyms and similar words used to describe emotional states.

When the students are writing, they can refer to this wheel to help them choose the best words when writing descriptive, emotive language.

The students can cut out this wonderful word wheel and glue it in the back of their writing journals.

The words in the centre should not be used very often. They are a guide for finding better words to use instead. The words in the second ring are synonyms for the middle words. They can be used more often. The words in the outer ring are especially descriptive and can be used in very specific circumstances when you want to be more precise with your descriptions.

Cut out the wheely wonderful word wedge, being careful to leave the centre circle as a pivot point. Place the word wedge over the Wheely Wonderful Words wheel and insert a brass fastener through the centre circle on the ‘x’. To choose specific words, turn the wheel until the base word is completely inside the wedge. The synonym and descriptive words are now isolated, making them much easier to find.

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    Kristian Wells

    Nice work! I appreciate the time this must have taken.

    Kristian Wells · Jul 13th, 2020

    Paul (Teach Starter)

    Hi Kristian,

    Thanks for your kind words! Fortunately, we had an awesome resource producer who made this brilliant idea a reality. Any updates or additions have resulted from standing on the shoulders of giants!

    Paul (Teach Starter) · Jul 13th, 2020

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