Tag Archive: anchor charts

Sep 08

Three Anchor Chart Opportunities

    I hope your school year is off to a great start! I know how busy everyone is at this time of year, so I’ll keep this short as possible. #1 ~ 100+ Anchor Charts for Inspiration I am constantly amazed at how much students learn from anchor charts. These colorful, to-the-point classroom displays …

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Mar 24

Creating Anchor Charts

Using anchor charts is a fantastic way to quickly cover key points. This colorful to-the-point method of teaching keeps students focused. Students look at the charts not only as reference guides, but after viewing the charts; frequently ask questions that show a deep understanding of the topic. This is why I try to create a …

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Jan 19

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  While there has been much dispute over the reading order of the seven books that make up the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first book published in the series. Due to this, a reader can pick up this book and not have to read background information to …

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Dec 22

A Wrinkle in Time

  From the first line of the book . . . “It was a dark and stormy night,” until the last line. . . “But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for there was a gust of wind, and they were gone,” A Wrinkle …

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Sep 25

Point of View

Presenting Point of View  By using the comparison of a diorama, my students are able to begin to understand 1st and 3rd points of view. I tell the students that in first-person point of view, you shrink yourself and become one of the characters within the diorama. If you were writing a story set in …

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Sep 18

Five Ways to Teach Theme

Teaching students to find the theme of a book can be both fun and frustrating. Some students understand the concept immediately. For others, it can be a real challenge.   Here are five ways to teach theme:   #1 Use the visual THE MEssage to help students remember that the theme is the message of …

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Sep 11

Teaching Character Traits with Graphic Organizers

Describing a character in depth including describing a character’s thoughts, words, or actions is an important Common Core Standard. Beginning in 5th grade students must also be able to compare characters. Listed below are a few ways to help students understand this important standard: #1 Use a Picture of the Character with Descriptive Words Anchor …

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Sep 04

The Plot Development Roller Coaster

Teaching students to describe the plot of a book or story can be compared to a roller coaster.   Here is how it works: Exposition When you first get on the roller coaster a voice over a loud speaker will give background information such as when the coaster was built, how long the ride will …

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