Do you see those gorgeous science anchor charts and think “Why aren’t mine so cute?” Y’all- me too. Even though they may not look stunning they are still incredibly important for your classroom.
Why are they important?
First of all, they are incredibly important because they help the classroom has become a learning environment. And not only does it support the aesthetics but it supports the learning. Whenever a student is struggling with a topic they are able to refer back to the actual anchor chart and read it, learn it, or just get a quick thought about it the classroom has become a learning environment. When my favorite things are that when my students have the anchor charts memorized and then they go and take a test and I followed up the anchor chart so they can’t see it anymore then they were actually able to use that in your chart in their mind. It’s like magic.
How to create the anchor chart
Creating an anchor chart is not hard at all. In fact they should take you less than 15 minutes to complete one.
If you want to make sure that you have the right size anchor chart paper. I personally like to get the ones with no lines on them because I don’t like to be structured to a specific line. It feels confining to me. I also only use white anchor chart. (again…aesthetics)
Next, what I will do is I will actually download or create an anchor chart using PowerPoint. I often create my own anchor charts but you can find a ton of them on TpT or in my store. I will then take that anchor chart and display it on the marker board or wherever my projector goes. The reason why I do this is so that I will take the anchor chart paper (ripped out of the spiral) and tape it onto my marker board or wherever the projector is. Then I take a pencil and I trace out everything that I need.
Now I get the cutesy fonts that I want plus I also can get any information that is important on this anchor chart. This helps me make sure everything is all in one place and I’m not using multiple anchor charts in one lesson.
Color. You wanna make sure that your coloring is going to be really thought out so before I even start coloring anything I actually make sure I know what colors are going where. I only use Crayola markers. I tend to stay away from Mr. Sketch because if I want to keep reusing these anchor charts Mr. Sketch will fade.
Lastly you’re going to want to laminate it especially if you’re going to use Post-it notes for it. If you use sticky notes on it you want to make sure that’s laminated so the sticky note does not make a tear through the paper. I have a really bad tendency of not laminating my anchor charts but if they’re done nice I will laminate.
AC of If there was a problem
- Use Crayola Markers
- Use White Anchor Chart paper
- Laminate if you don’t have to create again next year
Be the anchor chart.
Be one with the anchor chart. Why do they say that? Honestly- I don’t know but whatever. The man thing I want you to recognize is that the anchor chart should fit you and your classroom. If you don’t use the anchor chart then they will become part of the room. Utilize those anchor charts. They will help more than you will ever realize!!
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