Anchor Charts & Bright Ideas

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You know when a great idea hits you?
Well, I had this idea today.
Using Target dollar bin note pads, I created this little anchor chart!
It was a palm to the forehead moment.
Cheap (1 cent per page).
I wrote the pages before the kids came in from recess and
taped them onto the bottom of my whiteboard. 
They were easy to pop onto the chart as I was teaching.
Another, slightly less brilliant idea, is to laminate
my anchor chart art instead of the whole danged chart.
I started drawing and printing smaller (8X10 sized) art,
so it can fit through my mini desk-sized laminator.
The little girl in the chart is laminated, removable , and fits
in my plastic-sleeved filing system.
No more tracking down an old anchor chart to match a theme.
The laminated art fits inside my file.
Now, I know this is not really a chart, because a chart
indicates the use of paper.
This is on the whiteboard.  So not really chart, but work with me.
The Author’s Challenge
The “C” is capital
The 5 stands for # of words in the sentence.
And the punctuation is … well… punctuation
VeRy ViSuAl.
The bottom portion is our focus for the week.
This week we are trying not to start every dang sentence with “I”
Trying…. We are trying…..
I have 19 out of 29 below grade level, so goals, challenges,
& rewards are huge for them! I see my lowest kids referencing the chart.
Week 1:
Week 2:
Week 3:
I like my cat.
Week 4:
I like my big cat.
Week 5:
I like my big cat and mom.
Kill me now.
But the author’s challenge works.
By week 10 after teaching blends:
The black cat plays in the grass.
Can I hear an Amen?

I’m getting ready for parent conferences, so I hope this door is welcoming.
If you want to download this ABC Order for free-feel free.
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How do you make parents feel welcomed during conferences?


  1. Oh my goodness, so many genius ideas all in one place!!! I love those a-ha moments!!! And you are so artistic!

  2. Love your anchor "chart" for writing...the visual element is awesome!!

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