Her class used the activity as a great way to practice vocabulary. Another blog used the same activity to help younger students practice number recognition. There are several other ways to used this idea:
- practice identifying root words (example: the section of the wheel can say "these words have to do with 'life' or 'living matter'" so students can stick pins with the words "biology" and "biography" on that section).
- practice simple algebra problems (Love4thGrade shows an example of this in the same post).
- review social studies, geography and history (example: the section of the wheel can say "Pueblo Indians" so students can stick pins with the words "adobe homes" and "cliff dwellers" on that section).
There are many other ways to use this activity. In fact, it may be helpful for students to create their own boards and clothespin puzzles to trade amongst one another to help review a unit of study. It will help them think of things in categories and analyze things they've learned in class.