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Wheely Wonderful Words – Emotional States Vocabulary

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1 page (PDF)|Suitable for Grades: 3 - 6

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

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

How this resource works:

  • The words in the center 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.

There are two print options available for this poster:

  • Print on tabloid paper to display in your classroom.
  • Print on letter-size paper and have the students glue it into their writing journal for future reference.

Cut out the wheely wonderful word wedge, being careful to leave the paper center circle as a pivot point. Place the word wedge over the Wheely Wonderful Words wheel and insert a brass brad through the center 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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