I mean, who doesn't love anchor charts? It doesn't matter if you're a Kingergarten teacher, or if you teach 8th grade like me! They are fabulous. I even still make mine simplistic on the eyes so the kids enjoy them.
If you haven't seen my 2015 ROOM TOUR – Uhhhh, don't leave yet, but go watch it after you finish reading.
So – my favorite idea ever – house all of your anchor charts in an old recycled whiskey barrel! It is an adorable touch to any classroom, in my opinion. I took a screen shot from my Youtube Video – so it's blurry, my bad.
Please know that a lot of the art in my anchor charts are designed by TPT sellers. I will link their store below each one. I used their clipart to trace and create a fun and engaging chart. Feel free to purchase any of their clipart, and do the same. My advice is to pull up the clipart on your Smart Board and trace. Everyone always comes in my room and brags on my drawing skills, and I just laugh. I'm a horrible drawer, but I'm one heck of a tracer! Disclaimer: I apologize for the glare and lack of photo quality. My lights are killa bright, and the lamination of the charts made it difficult for this amateur photographer.
I use this chart as a rewards incentive. Students get a sticky note for doing good things in class. They write a (school appropriate) song, and Friday after testing, we jam to music! All Request Fridays!
This idea came from my Reading Interactive Notebook. It's suppose to look like a hamburger, but my middle school students crack on my drawing. Apparently, the bun is upside down on top- but you get the idea! Go ahead, post that to Pinterest baby. You know you want to. 🙂
I love teaching perspective! I think using the sunglasses really engage my students. I allow them to bring their shades on this day, and we talk about how the author feels when telling the story. Of course, I make them use this sentence starter the first few weeks of school so they sound instantly smart!
This idea also comes from my Reading Interactive Notebook. It's a great visual for inferring within a text. In case you can't read the green writing it says – context clues, background knowledge, and inference.
I got really tired of “plot diagrams.” Is that just me? They seemed super boring and lacked that teaching charisma I love. So, we decided to plot our dragon. Someone left a comment once that said they thought this was too juvenile for middle school, but I'm a juvenile kinda teacher. It's what I do! I put it in the easiest terms I can think of to help!