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Friday, October 17, 2014

Better Than an Anchor Chart

I find anchor charts to be clear, engaging . . . and limiting. You can create flexible charts using sentence strips, magnets, and tape. Here's how:

Step 1: Generate a list of the ultimate criteria for a specific skill or concept.

Step 2: Gather sentence strips, a marker, tape, and magnets. (In this case, I used outdated refrigerator magnets and cut them in strips.)

Step 3: Create a sentence strip for each criterion. Tape magnet strips to the back of each strip.

After you have created strips for each criterion, you can pick and choose as needed. For example, if my class was working on beginnings and endings, I might only display related strips: