Anyway, for the purpose of teaching, there's nothing wrong with the way I (used to) draw in the classroom, but, you know, I'm here to share my ideas with you and I certainly don't want to hurt your eyes with my stick figures (nothing against stick figures!).
That is all to say that I've just "hacked" an anchor chart! How have I "hacked" an anchor chart?!
By using clipart and fonts! That way, the "bulk" of the anchor chart looks pretty!
I used the heading and the school clipart displayed in the picture above as the base for the adjectives anchor chart I will share with you today.
This one would be great for back-to-school (and for any other time of the year!) because it will let you assess your new group of students.
You'll be focusing on the knowledge of nouns and adjectives your students have (or should have). You might even throw in some alliteration as well.
Here are the steps:
1. Start with an anchor chart with just the heading and picture on it.
2. Have students come up to the anchor chart and write NOUNS that are related to the image (school). You'll be able to assess how much vocabulary they already have and how well they can spell. You should also be able to notice whether they really know what nouns are. Keep going until all students have added at least one word.
3. Next, have students come up with ADJECTIVES that can qualify/describe the nouns already on the chart. If you want to challenge them more (only if they can "take" it), you might want to work on alliteration as well. Thus, they would have to find adjectives beginning with the same letters as the nouns they're describing, e.g. big bus, colorful crayons, etc.
4. You might even turn this into a quick writing task by having them write sentences using the pairs on the chart.
- notice that I wrote the adjectives in red and the nouns in green to match the colors used in the heading. The idea is for students to quickly see what words are nouns or adjectives.
- you can create similar anchor charts throughout the year! All you need is to use different pictures at the center of the chart and you can expand it to include adverbs, articles, prepositions, etc.
- you can also assign this as homework and have kids create poster-like charts revolving around a given topic.
This idea could certainly be used in other languages. Here's the French version of the anchor chart:
The school image is included in My Community Buildings by Poppydreamz Digital Art and the free font is by This Little Piggy Reads.
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