Teaching Phonics

Word Wheel – ip Sound


ip sound phonics word wheel – A FREE PRINTABLE phonics resource which focuses on phonemic awareness, auditory discrimination, manipulation of sounds, onset and rime.


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Phonics Word Wheel 

What is a Phonics Word Wheel?

 A phonics word wheel is an instructional toy designed to have students manipulate and practice onset & rime.  The wheel reinforces how words are made up of common patterns e.g. the rime ab can be used to make many different words when the letters l, r, p, r, d, h, l and n are used as onset. 
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ip words – Phonics Wheel

The colorful front cover disk masks the letters below. When the bottom disk is rotated a single letter or blend is revealed in the gap in the top wheel. Students then read the word formed.


How to Download Your Phonics Resource:

  1. Add the ip sound phonics word wheel to your Cart using the ‘Add to Cart’ Button. NB You can only get the resources 2 at a time. #longstory
  2. Press the very small ‘View Cart’ Button at the very top right of this page.
  3. Press the ‘Proceed to Checkout’ Button
  4. Add your email address to prove you are human 
  5. Press ‘Place Order’ and then scroll down to ‘Order Details’ and click on your resource there. It will open ready to save, print, cut out and laminate. 

How to Make a Word Wheel: 

  1. Print out the Word Wheel you require on thicker card stock. I recommend 120gm to 200gm weight. 
  2. Cut out both circles and the indent with scissors.
  3. Pierce the central dot in the letter wheel with a thumb tack.
  4. Place the words wheel on to of the cover making sure it covers perfectly.
  5. Stick the thumb tack through the hole on the top wheel and pierce a hole in the bottom wheel.
  6. Use a split pin to join the two wheels together.
  7. Spin the bottom wheel and trim off any excess wheel that pops out from under the top wheel.

Possible Uses for Word Wheels:

  • In pairs children play spin the wheels for their partner and read the words created to each other.
  • Store word wheels in a tub – I like to group them in similar ‘families’ for ease of access and to cut down time ‘finding’ resources. 
  • Pin the word wheels to felt boards so the students can interact with them during print walks. 
  • Spend 5 minutes in Guided Reading Sessions using this resource as a phonics sound focus. 
  • Send the word wheels home as part of a home reading program. Students pick the ones they think they need to ‘work on’. (I find 3 at a time is a good number)
  • Students make their own word wheels from the website based on their perceived needs. 
  • Publish the website in the school or class newsletter. Have students print out their own resources and bring them in to class. Once they have learnt the concept, the word wheel is placed into the class collection NB This can really save on printer ink.
  • Host a Make and Take Session – have some parent helpers come in  – put on some nibbles and set up a space (usually the library) to have them create word wheels for the class.

Where to Next?

How about an ip words PowerPoint Lesson  or a CVC Phonics Game

or maybe a short i cvc words poster.