Written by Cassie (Teach Starter)
Who doesn’t love a good anchor chart!? While it’s clear that we love a beautiful, professionally designed poster as much as the next person, there’s just something about a huge piece of paper and a stack of coloured markers that we can’t ignore!
Say, what is an anchor chart?
An anchor chart is a way to display procedures, processes, strategies or concepts that are important to current units of work. They are a fantastic way to support the creation of a visible classroom. More importantly than that, anchor charts or anchor posters cater specifically to your student group and their learning goals.
Take a look at these 25 amazing anchor charts and see how their teacher creators have broken down important information for their students.
1. Reading Stamina
This simple anchor chart tracks whole class reading time!
2. Morning Routines
Michelle of @creative_math_classroom uses this simple anchor chart to remind students of their morning routine. Displaying the routine chart allows her to project homework answers simultaneously, streamlining the beginning of her 6th grade Math lessons.
3. Friendship Anchor Chart
Teaching social skills and making kindness the default for your students is so important! We love this friendship anchor chart that features characteristics of a good friend.
4. Only for Ed
There are a few different versions of this behaviour anchor chart floating around, but this is one of our favourites!
5. Anchor Chart for Spelling
Vowels, vowels, vowels! I am loving our anchor chart of vowels! We add onto it each week when we introduce a new vowel and the kiddos love the visual! ?#anchorcharts #mr.sketch #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofig #teachers #iteachfirst #iteachtoo #teacherlife #teachergram #firstgrade #teachersofig #teachertribe #iteachprimary
6. A Writer’s Purpose Anchor Chart
Rather than staring at a blank piece of paper, students in this classroom can begin writing with clear purpose! This anchor chart for writing is a great example of how important concepts can be represented visually to reinforce student learning.
7. Letters, Words and Sentences
Another amazing lower years anchor chart here – this time turned into a hands-on activity where students helped to sort and glue the letters, words and sentences onto the chart!
Finally was able to do this lesson inspired by @especiallyeducation with my kinders this week. It was a hit! A lot of them are still learning to even a hold a pencil so I thought I would just let them sort and help me glue the letters/words in the right spot?It was also a great time to go over letter names and sounds! Love, love, loved it!?
8. The Beauty of Quadrants
This anchor chart for writing shows how great a simple quadrant-style layout can be for visually representing information.
9. What’s Inside and What’s Outside?
You don’t need to be an amazing artist to use drawings on your anchor charts! This stick figure person so clearly communicates these important writing concepts.
Using ANCHOR CHARTS that are made with students are a best practice that helps them connect to learning. Try this one when you teach about character ?? . . . . . . . #wednesday #wednesdaywisdom #pinterestinspired #character #anchorcharts #community #ela #teachersofinstagram #teacher #teachershare #iteachtoo #literacy #backtoschool #chart #smallgroupfitness #writersworkshop #readingworkshop #studentlife #classroom #bestpractices #reading #iteachfirst #iteachk #iteachsecond #iteachthird
10. First, Second, Third
This anchor chart breaks down the concept of first, second and third person narration using colour and numerals to group information.
11. Comprehending Comprehension
How great is this anchor chart about reading and comprehension skills!? Effectively taking out the big word (comprehension) and replacing it with a simple title that students can relate to (“Reading is Thinking”), this anchor poster encourages students to be active readers.
12. Rug Rules!
This drawing might not come so easily to some, however, there are a few great ideas we can all take from this floor time anchor chart…
- two-colour title with decorative dots
- clear labels
- lots of negative space to help students focus on key points!
13. A Noun in Disguise
Do you have a quirky metaphor for a key concept that you’d love to turn into an anchor chart?
If emojis help us to increase students’ self-awareness then we’ll happily put them on the walls!
15. F. L. U. S. H.
One for the staff bathroom perhaps?
16. Important Ideas Times Four
Here’s another great quadrant anchor chart.
17. Show Me Some SLANT
Acrostic poems make great anchor posters too.
18. I’m fiiiiinished!
Colourful, succinct, focused. Another great classroom routines anchor chart!
19. Reading Strategies
With the main idea in the centre and each element or aspect surrounding it, this is another simple way to visually organise information for your anchor charts.
20. Think First…
Checkboxes! Checkboxes and lists can be used for a range of anchor chart topics.
21. OREO Writing
Perhaps the only thing missing from this OREO Writing anchor chart display is an actual packet of Oreos…
Mathematics concepts are great to represent visually in an anchor poster!
23. Just Add Water
How cute is this anchor chart about plants!? The dots and dashes around each element are such a simple way to add a visual pop
24. Anchor Chart for Mathematics
Another great example of how simple anchor charts can make key concepts, tools and strategies more accessible for students.
25. Friends of Ten
This “Friends of Ten” anchor chart has everything that an anchor chart should. One concept? Check! Multiple colours? Check!
Wow! There are definitely some skilled teachers out there with a great eye for colour and visual balance! However, if you are more of a “print and hang” kind of person (like me!), you will love our range of information posters for your classroom. Print, laminate and display!
Here are some of our faves: