Classroom Anchor Charts

2nd Grade LOVES Anchor Charts!

Here’s a few of ours!

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An anchor chart is a hand-made poster or graphic representation that serves as a visual reminder of strategies, vocabulary, or other content that students have learned. Basically, an anchor chart is a reference tool that “anchors” new and ongoing learning to key concepts previously introduced.

Students can refer to the anchor chart for a quick check, a reminder of how to approach a task, a way to think about a concept, or a visual aid to understand vocabulary. An anchor chart often serves as a way to make connections between previous learning and new concepts being covered.  What differentiates an “anchor chart” from a commercially constructed poster or visual aid is that the teacher and students create the chart together.  It is important that students take ownership of constructing the content of the chart. If students are co-creators of the chart they will be more inclined to refer to it when needed.

An anchor chart can take the form of a list, a graphic organizer such as a Venn diagram or concept web, or cards with a series of visual prompts. There is no set form that an anchor chart must look like. What is important is that the chart serves the purpose of anchoring the key concept or strategy being taught so that students can easily and independently refer to it. Using anchor charts to scaffold students’ learning is a strategy that will reap benefits for all students in all classrooms.

BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

Mrs. Hajduk and I attended the annual educators’ night at the Buffalo Museum of Science.  We had a tremendous amount of fun and brought back a lot of science lab ideas to implement in the classroom.  Currently, the museum has two exhibits that Buffalonians know a lot about: sports and weather. I recommend that you take the kiddos to the museum for the “Science of Sports” and the “Our Marvelous Earth” exhibits!  They are innovative, interactive, conceptual, educational, hands-on, and SO much fun! I guarantee that both young and old will learn something new at the museum, as well as have fun!  Mrs. Hajduk and I could have stayed all night!

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Welcome to Open House

Welcome to Open House!

  1. Take a stroll around the room.
  2. Grab a snack from the table.
  3. Check out the sign-up sheets near the food!
  4. Please find your child’s desk.

I will begin promptly!

By being here tonight, you are being a participant in your child’s education as well as the Student – Teacher – Parent team!  I appreciate your attendance!

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Reading Workshop

 

 

 

Reading Workshop is already in full-force!  Students go “book-shopping” every Monday.  They choose 5 books from our classroom library that are at their own tested level.  They keep those 5 books in their B.O.B. (Bag of Books) all week.  They should reread those books nightly for at least 20 minutes.  Rereading them builds fluency and deeper comprehension. They will also have a guided reading or book club book in the bag as well.  Those books are books that they read with me or another teacher in a small group.  The guided reading book will be one level above their independent level.  While I meet with students in small groups, the remaining students read independently and practice the ‘teaching-point’ that was introduced that day.

Our classroom has comfy camping chairs, saucer chairs, lots of carpeted areas, tables, and reading buddies!  I am allowing students to bring in a Pillow-Pet if they have permission from their parents.   I like to dim the lights and turn on the lamps so that we have an ideal reading environment!  The end of the year goal is to have students reading at a level M.  A level M involves inferring, multiple settings and plots, many characters, and more than one problem and solution. It is essential that we move the children up the continuum of reading levels at the appropriate pace.  Please do not allow your child to consistently read books that are higher than their level.  Also, if they do not bring their B.O.B. home, please let me know! It is so important that they read nightly!  Thank you for your support at home!

WOW!

I am ecstatic about the classroom community that we developed this week!  Ask your child about being a bucket filler!  They are so busy filling their buckets by giving compliments, being helpful, and respecting their classmates and teachers!  I am so excited for the school year!

Next week, we begin our curriculum for reading, writing, math, and social studies!  I am confident that the positive attitudes that I saw this week will transcend into next week!  Please make sure that your child is reading the books in their “Bag of Books” every night!  Some were disappointed that their reading level is one lower than it was last year, but I assured them that it won’t be like that for long!  As the new year begins, we need to rebuild our good reading habits!

Have a great weekend!

Ms. Huber

My Promise

I promise to do all I can

to keep the spark

of curiosity, creativity and learning

alive in every child;

to help all children

discover their talents,

develop their passions,

deepen their understanding,

and apply all this to helping others,

and to creating

a better world

for us all. 

I look forward to this school year and spending it with your child.