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Monday, January 21, 2013

Anchor Charts

Today I am posting a special post! I am linking up with Miss Klohn from Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher for her anchor charts linky party. This is my first time participating in a linky party and I am really excited to see what other anchor charts teachers are making and using.

I absolutely love anchor charts! I use them all the time in my intervention lessons. Here are a couple of my favorite anchor charts from this year:

The above picture includes my anchor charts for elements of nonfiction, summary (for both fiction and nonfiction), and story elements. The picture below includes my anchor charts for cause and effect, compare and contrast, main idea, and author's purpose.

I create all of these anchor charts with my students. These charts are their ideas with just a hint of my guidance. This gives students ownership of the material and makes the lesson more meaningful. I usually set up the basics before the lesson, such as the title (the skill), any cute graphics, and any graphic organizers. (such as the cause/effect t-chart or the venn diagram) I don't want to be wasting time adding details when I am already racing to keep up with student ideas. That would really throw off the momentum of the lesson. 

Students have a "charts" section in their reader's notebooks. When finished with the anchor chart, I take a picture and make copies for the students. Occasionally I take a picture of the bare bones of the anchor charts and the students add the details to their charts as we go. For example, students filled out the venn diagram along with me. 

Then, as we continue to work on a particular skill, students refer back to their anchor charts. I love seeing students look back for information on their own without asking for my help. They are really becoming very self-sufficient.

I cannot wait to see how all of you are using anchor charts. If anyone else is using reader's notebooks, I would love to hear comments about how you integrate your anchor charts.


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of putting those charts in their notebooks. I have to try that with my math kids!

    Thanks for sharing
    Hodges Herald

    1. Glad you love it! It is great to see the kids looking back in their notebooks. I am excited to meet someone who loves anchor charts as much as I do! :)

  2. Glad to have found your blog! I love finding other reading specialists!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  3. I like the idea of putting the charts in their notebooks. I really like your cause and effect chart- I will have to remember that one!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  4. I am so glad that you linked up with me! I love your charts! I am pinning them now so I will remember them!

    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

    1. Thank you for the compliment! I am so glad you hosted the linky party! Can't wait for the next one!

  5. I love the idea of taking photos to add to their interactive Math journals. I am going to try that. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely be back to visit your blog.

    Fabulous Finch Facts

    1. Thank you! It really helps students take ownership of the material. Can't wait to head over and check out your blog!


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