Category Archives: anchor charts

Poster Markers

I’ve been using the Mr. Sketch scented markers for a few years now to write on my chart paper.  They were fine for awhile, but they dried out quickly from too much use on the paper.  I found these Crayola Poster markers at Jo-Ann’s a few weeks ago and I’ve been using them ever since!

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They have a wide tip, but if you turn it around, you also have a small tip you can use.  The colors are really bright and the kids can see them all; even the yellow.  They are more of the “Brights” colors than the primary colors, but I really like using them so far and they haven’t started to wear out yet–and I use them a lot! :)

Kristen :)

Punctuation Anchor Chart

A few weeks ago, we created a punctuation anchor chart to use during Writer’s Workshop:

I got this idea from Debbie Diller last year when she came to work with our school district.  I created it exactly the same way as last years’ except, one of my kiddos asked where the question mark fit in…ummm, good question…stalling for time…then next thing I knew, the most amazing words were coming out of my mouth–and they made sense!

I asked them to tell me what happened if you did not pay attention to the stop light (you get pulled over by the police).  I then asked them what the police did when they pulled you over (they ASK if you know what you were doing wrong while driving!!).  BINGO!!  We drew in the red and blue police lights at the bottom of our chart to remind us that the police will ask us questions and those questions require a QUESTION mark!  I couldn’t believe it–divine intervention teaching!  I love it when that happens!

Kristen :)

Moving things around…

I’ve recently moved some things around in my classroom to make room for new things on the walls.  I’ve moved my name wall and our anchor charts.  Here are some pictures showing what they look like now:

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I’m excited because I was able to free up some space on our front board so that I could write our Morning Message on it.  I used to use our Big Book easel and it was a pain to have to move all the books and easel pads off and on to write a message, now I can just leave everything where it is!

Kristen :)

Anchor Wall Charts

Here are some of the anchor charts we have made in my room this year.  I put them up on this large empty space above my counter so we could see them from pretty much anywhere in the room.

You can click on the picture for a closer view.  This will also help solve the mystery of the green stoplight dot for some of you who asked. :)

Kristen :)

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