Fast forward 25 years of teaching, one master’s in Early Childhood Education and one Reading Specialist Certificate…and I no longer purchase ANYTHING for display on my walls. As a matter of fact, the walls are pretty bare when the students and parents first see it.
Student Created Anchor ChartsNow, the students help create what goes on the walls…and they are invested in the chart from the beginning. I don’t have to “tell” students how to spell the color words, we practice using the charts we create or a simple pointing reminder lets the child create independence in writing.
Do I interactively write everything? NO…that would just take too long.
Do I create everything from scratch? NO…that would take too long.
Do I need to be prepared to make a good anchor chart? YES, that’s the key.
1. Teach Expectations.
2. Use magazine pictures.
Students would interactively write 3 color words a day on white 12 x 18 construction paper, then sort the pictures for those colors. To involve oral language, my students needed to create a complete sentence, “I found a green turtle.”
3. Repurpose Worksheets
4. Make them use them.
5. Make charts personal.
Anchor charts are not only important, they are crucial to your classroom.
Tell me what anchor charts you use in your room.
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