Story Spinners can be used for a huge number of things in the primary classroom – not only giving some ideas to start a story writing exercise but also perhaps for doing mental maths exercises, choosing groups and individuals to speak, or to share their work at any time.
Wheel Decide is a really friendly Story Spinner which teachers can adapt very quickly and then embed into a blog, wiki etc – whatever would be useful to keep it and share it with their class. The one on the page is almost certainly still letters but I altered it in a few seconds to give characters for story writing or research. They market them on an expert web design quality website.
Click to modify the wheel and add your choices:
Save the wheel:
It is very quick and easy to use. The site has a set of ready made wheels that you could possibly use or modify to suit. The board games one that is illustrated is just one of the sets of ready made wheels to explore.
Another good site is Top Marks Number Spinners – the last three examples provided can be edited and could easily be made into story spinners.
The random name spinners shared by Classtools works very well in as much as you can copy and paste a pre-prepared list of names or groups into the picker – you can also enter story characters, scenes, events, props, etc for a set of story spinners.