Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Anchor Chart Solutions

What do you do when you run out of wall space for your anchor charts? 
How do you display your anchor charts?
Do you make new anchor charts every year?

Hello, friends!  I am Deb Hanson from Crafting Connections, and you may or may not already know that I am addicted to using anchor charts in the classroom!  I frequently blog about the ones I create, and I'm constantly pinning great anchor chart ideas I find on Pinterest!   Because of this, a few questions about anchor charts are sent my way throughout the school year. I must admit, a few years ago, I hadn't figured out any great solutions to these common anchor chart problems.  However, thanks to Pinterest, I have found some answers that I'm going to share with you today!

Answers to Frequently Asked Anchor Chart Questions


Question 1:  How do you display your anchor charts?

Answers to Frequently Asked Anchor Chart Questions

Before I found the creative solution shown above, I hung my anchor chart tablet on some hooks that were previously attached to my white board... or I used about 10 heavy-duty clip magnets, which was rather unattractive. The drawback, of course, was losing precious board space.  I love this idea first shared by Sam from Fun with Firsties.  You just need to mount two large command hooks on an open wall, hang an inexpensive curtain rod on the hooks (I bought one at Walmart for less than $3), and use binder rings to attach your anchor chart to the curtain rod!  Voila!

Questions 2 & 3:  Do you tear the anchor chart out of the notebook to display?  If so, what do you do when you run out of wall space for your anchor charts?

There are times that I tear my anchor charts out of their notebooks, but it nearly crushes me to do so!  Once it gets torn out, it nearly always eventually ends up getting tossed into the garbage, or rolled up and misplaced when I want to find it again.  The above solution would make it possible to keep all of those anchor charts in their notebook where they are easy to find!

But what about when you want to display multiple anchor charts for an extended period of time? Create an anchor chart binder!! I first discovered this idea on the Teaching My Friends blog.
Answers to Frequently Asked Anchor Chart Questions
Notice that I create sections for different subjects so it's easier to find the anchor chart I am looking for!

Simply snap a photo of each anchor chart you make, print it out, and place it inside a special binder!  Now you can easily refer to various anchor charts throughout the year by finding it in your binder and placing it under your document camera.

Anchor Chart Binder
A page from my "Language" section
Affixes & Roots
Anchor Chart Binder
A page from my "Reading" section
Context Clues & Main Idea
Anchor Chart Binder
A page from my "Math" section
Fractions & Operations
If you want to download the FREE cover, just click here.  I created covers for the next 4 school years!

Question 4:  But if you use a binder, don't the students lose that "easy access" to the anchor charts?

Not if you create small versions for students to glue inside their interactive notebooks!!  This post by Nasreen at Upper Grades are Awesome inspired this solution.  

When you take a photo to insert into your anchor chart binder, simply make smaller versions for students to glue inside their interactive notebooks.

Answers to Frequently Asked Anchor Chart Questions
I reduced the size of the photo so that I could fit four onto a page.  Each student is given an image to glue inside their interactive notebook!  Now they have easy access to their own personal version of the anchor chart.
Answers to Frequently Asked Anchor Chart Questions
Hop to this blog post to check out my Connections Anchor Chart and to download this interactive notebook FREEBIE!

Question 5:  Do you make new anchor charts each year?

It just depends.  I know the purpose of anchor charts is to be interactive, so if it's a more interactive anchor chart (like the one shown below) I make a new one every year.

Answers to Frequently Asked Anchor Chart Questions
These anchor charts are more interactive, so I would create new versions each year.
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However, I must admit that there are anchor charts that I make before class, and we do a different type of interactive activity with them after we review the information on the anchor chart.  For example, my "Connections" anchor chart is one that I keep from year to year (I feel that the interactive aspect comes when students create the interactive notebook page shown above).  Also, other anchor charts, like my "Point of View" anchor chart, is created more for student reference, so I reuse it from year to year.

Answers to Frequently Asked Anchor Chart Questions
I reuse this anchor chart from year to year, because it was designed to be used for student reference.

If you are a fan of anchor charts like I am, or if you just want to challenge yourself to create more of them this next school year, feel free to follow my anchor chart board on Pinterest.  Also, check out my personal blog to see my newest anchor chart!