Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bright Idea: How to Make Anchor Charts Interactive

My last Bright Idea showed how I store my anchor charts. You can find the post {here}
Today I want to share with you how you can make your anchor charts more interactive!
No matter what grade you teach, it is important to include your students in creating anchor charts. This will make the charts more meaningful to your students.

I have only taught primary grades, so the way I have my students interact with the charts is using these two things: Velcro and sticky notes!

On these charts, students attach the pieces to the anchor chart using Velcro dots.

Inspiration for two of these charts from Pinterest!

On these charts, students share their answers and I write them on sticky notes to show their responses.

{The pictures for the topics are removable/replaceable, so the charts can be used for any topics!}

More chart inspiration from Pinterest!

The best part about using Velcro and sticky note interactive anchor charts is that your anchor charts can be reused, saving you time and energy recreating the charts every year!

Find more Bright Ideas by checking out the links below!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{FREE} Daily 5 Posters

With my grade change, I am excited for the fresh start it will bring. A new school year, a new grade...and my OWN classroom. And with a grade change comes the daunting task of getting accustomed to the curriculum. But one thing I have always been sure about, and that is implementing the Daily 5. So in September, I am jumping in with both feet. It will most likely be 'my version' of the D5, but I think the kids will LOVE it!

To prepare, I have been creating lots of great activities for each component of the Daily 5. In my last post I shared a little bit about how I have been getting ready for 'Read to Self'.

I have created some posters that will be going on my Daily 5 rotation board.
You can snag them {here}

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Classroom Library Organization

It took me 3 days, but I did it. I levelled my classroom library :)
I used the AMAZING tool on Scholastic's website called Book Wizard. You just type in the book title and lots of info. about the book comes up, including what grade the interest level is and what reading level it is {it includes grade level equivalent, guided reading level, DRA level, and Lexile measures} You can find Book Wizard {here}

I had tried scanning in UPC codes of the books using an app called Level It. It did not recognize several of the titles, and for most books it did not have reading level information. Needless to say I wish I had of known this before I purchased the app...I thought it would save me time :(
Once I found the guided reading level of the books, I made labels and attached them to the books.
I put them on the BACK cover. This way it does not take away from the appeal of the picture on the front of the book, but the info. is easily accessible.

I decided to group my books 2 ways. If there were lots of books from a certain series {eg. chapter books} I put them in a tub with a label that names the series.
If I had random books on a certain topic, I put them in a tub with a label that indicates its theme.
I didn't group books by reading level. I think that it's important for students to read books they are interested in, and they can go to a tub of books on a topic of their interest and find a book that's a good fit.

I also put together a Classroom Library binder. It has an inventory of the books, how many copies I have of each book, and what reading level they are.
Now I need to fill up these containers.
What are some good read aloud books for the Grade 2 level? I would LOVE your suggestions! 
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