Here is where I came up with interactive small group anchor charts. I created this with the idea that I would be taking them from class to class, but I think they are perfect to have for homeroom teachers to use with small groups as well. So, here they are. Not too exciting at first glance, but just wait. The magic lies within!
You don't get more portable than a file, so that's were I began. I started by making one of the anchor charts I use at the beginning of the year. Open it up, and there it is! This was totally inspired by The First Grade Parade blog. She does a much better job with the pencil that I do!
On the right side, I wanted something that would be interactive. For this chart, I can have my small group brainstorm some ideas about writing topics on sticky notes and put them on the right side.
After making the "What do writer's write?" small group anchor chart, I began to make one for schema.
anchor chart binder, I had pictures of many of the anchor charts I used last year. I just printed out the picture of the anchor chart on schema that was in the binder and glued it in the file folder. HUGE time saver!
So, what if you don't have an anchor chart binder to fall back on? I don't have anchor charts pictures saved for everything I need, but the web is a wonderful thing! There are a million charts out there to use. I found this anchor chart about visualizing on Pinterest and loved it. It is from the blog Second Grade with Mrs. Wade.
All the pictures show the file folders lying flat on the table, but in using them I will STAND THEM UP! Standing up, it's large enough for everyone seated at a small group table to see and refer to. It's like having a mini chart stand on the table. At the end of the lesson, I can just close the folder, stick it back in my bag, and move on to the next class.
What I like about the file folder aspect is that I can still use it as a folder. If I have any type of hand out or teaching materials I want to use with the lesson, they are easily paper clipped and stored in the folder. Not only do I have an anchor chart at my fingertips, I have the papers I need as well. Also, I'm planning to put a piece of card stock in a clear page protector and keep it in the folder. It's possible I may need to use the same anchor chart with different groups on the same day. When I am done working with one group, I can just take their sticky notes and put them on the plastic page protector. Then, it's ready to use for the second group. The next day, if I need to use it again, I can just quickly stick them back on.
UPDATE: (8/8/11) - As I have been working on these, I've debated if I was going to laminate them or not. Then, I realized it was a no-brainer. Of course, laminate them! Up until now, the interactive sections I created have been based on using sticky notes that I could remove. If the charts are laminated, the interactive part can now be written on with dry or wet erase markers. Now, the interactive part could have activities that have the kids draw a line from one thing to another, circle the word that . . . , or anything else you wanted to do. The only drawback using them that way is that if you need to use the chart with another group on the same day, you will lose the work of the original group. But, that would just be the day you use sticky notes instead. And, thanks so much for all the positive feedback on this idea! I love hearing from you!
I should note, that I don't think it is a problem to borrow anchor charts made by others as long as it is for your classroom use. I do note on the back of the folder the web site I borrowed the chart from in case I need to share it with another teacher. I am a believer that we don't need to reinvent the wheel if it's not necessary. I have no problem with people using the charts I post on my blog. Feel free to take and tweak or not tweak! If I do post the work of someone else, I am sure to give credit and link to the amazing authors.
So, what do you think?
Could this idea work for you?