Five for Friday

Now, what day is it?  Oh yes, it is Friday!  I expect many of you have had snow days this week which means that not much has happened in the classroom.  For me, that’s meant making new things and thinking about what I’d like to teach next week or whenever we return.  Because I have not been with my kids this week, I decided to make my post today about anchor charts.  Don’t you all just love them?  I love the way an anchor chart can record group discussions, map our learning, and reinforce important concepts kids really need to know to be successful, so today, I am going to share a few favorites I’ve pinned for use later on.  After you have a chance to look through the ones I’ve selected, feel free to share the links to yours in the linky I’ve added to this post.  I will leave my linky up for a week or so if you don’t have time for today.  Just add the URL from Pinterest and your blog address.  Hopefully, it will allow you to upload the thumbnail of the chart for previewing.

Cartoon Number One
Reading is Thinking! Comprehension strategies anchor chartI just love this chart, and it is one that I plan to hang right near my guided reading area.  One thing children struggle with is thinking during their reading.  I have many children who are fluent, and yet, their comprehension is weak.  Why is this?  Well, they forget to use during reading activities to keep their brain engaged.  I love using graphic organizers or thinking questions as a check that they have done this.  Sticky notes are another great idea.

Cartoon Number Two
PEEK Nonfiction reading anchor chartAcronyms always seem to help my students remember important steps, and this one will guide my students with navigating nonfiction.  I like how it seems to follow the before, during, after model for reading which again helps children think as they read.

Cartoon Number Three
State testing - Reading Strategies Anchor ChartNext week is our mid-year testing for a program we’re using, Interactive Achievement, and before we begin testing, I thought I’d share make this anchor chart with the children to give them the magic formula for success.  Tests are no fun and often, my students get very stressed about them.  Whatever support I can give them to help them feel more confident, the better.  We’ve worked hard, so I hope it shows.

Cartoon Number Four
Author's Viewpoint. Cut out large butcher paper and have students read a small AR book. They will work together to figure out the authors purpose PIE, then their viewpoint. They will use the paper to write all the details they can to tell others what the PIE is and the authors viewpoint.Using Think Aloud to help students better understand difficult reading skills such as Author’s Viewpoint works so much better with a great visual aid like this one.  I love how the creator of this great chart gave specific book examples (Having these books on hand during the lesson would allow the teacher to cite specific examples from the texts as the lesson is taught). I also love how the framed paragraph was added to the bottom too.  This would work very well as part of the post reading response to check for understanding.

Cartoon Number Five
CLOSE READING anchor chartI saved my favorite pin for the end.  Repeated reading is very beneficial to students, but we often move on to the next thing.  It builds automaticity, re-exposes students to new vocabulary (Research shows students need 12-15 exposures to a new word for it to become part of the students speaking and writing vocabulary), deepens understanding (Don’t you always catch new things when you watch a movie for the second time?), and helps students clarify information.

If you’ve been out of school this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed the time at home and perhaps completed those things on your to-do list that you haven’t had time for.  If you get time and would like to pin a favorite from your boards to the linky below, I know other readers will appreciate it.  If you do not have a blog but wish to participate, you can simply put the URL in the first line, the skill of the chart in the second line.  I have not required an email address for this linky.  Thanks so much for visiting today, and if you have not followed my blog, just click the Bloglovin button on the right.  The daily feed gives you a quick glimpse of new posts and makes it easy to find what might interest you.  Have an awesome weekend, and until next time, happy reading!


  1. I love anchor charts! This looks great. I just might have to borrow! :D
    Come visit Readbox!

    1. Thanks for visiting Kristin. Feel free to share some of your favorites too. I can't wait to see what others really like.

  2. I love these! I could definitely use them with my kiddos!! Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. I threw a few in the linky, but I had hoped others would link up their favorites. Please add if you have some you like.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing all of these wonderful anchor chart ideas! Glad you stopped by our blog so I could discover your wonderful space! I will be back to read future posts...

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  4. This is a great post and I will have to use these ideas wit a 4th grader I tutor. She is a struggling readers and always needs ideas like this.

    1. Please do, and certainly look through older posts for helpful tips.

  5. Hi,
    Just wanted you to know I love your blog. My goal is to become a Title One Reading Specialist one day. I am also from Virginia and found your blog very inspiring. Any advice for someone hoping to become a reading specialist one day?


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