Hello. My name is Tammy and I'm an Anchor Chart Addict. Reading charts, writing charts, grammar charts, math, science, social studies... you name it... I've got an anchor chart for it! If you are like me, by the end of the year, you're drowning in a sea of chart paper!
Before I throw out the life preserver, here are a few anchor chart tidbits I'd like to share:
I almost always make my anchor charts with my class. I believe that there is more buy-in and ownership for the content if students are active participants in the creation of the charts. When we make our anchor charts, I start with the title and design a border around the edge of the paper. I read something, somewhere, a long time ago that said when you add a border, you keep your reader's eyes focused on the information within the frame. If you don't have a border the eye may, more easily, drift from the page and we don't want that!
Colors are also important. I don't pre-plan a color scheme, but that might be a good idea for the future. I usually just pick colors I like, colors that fit my classroom, or colors of markers that actually have some ink in them (I need to get some new markers!).
My favorite markers for anchor charts are the Sharpie Flip Chart Markers. They have a bullet tip and put out a lot of pigment onto the paper. I also like Scentos markers because they... well... smell good and in a fourth grade classroom, that means something!
Once an anchor chart is completed or we have moved on to another topic, I move that anchor chart to the reference section of our classroom. The anchor charts are stacked and stapled, one on top of each other, but still accessible for my students. It is not unheard of for a student to go to that wall and look through the anchor charts to find some tidbit of information that they need for an assignment or project.
Here are some other brilliant display ideas from Pinterest Pinners:
I've also seen a lot of great storage ideas on Pinterest. Here are a few smart storage suggestions:
Here are a few more of my MANY anchor charts: