Power/Internet Outage=Anchor Charts!

November 4, 2011

Power/Internet Outage=Anchor Charts!

November 4, 2011
I promise they’re related 😉

Remember that Nor’easter I mentioned last weekend? Well, it turned out to be pretty big around here. As in knock-out-the-power, three days of no school kinda big!

Now, I won’t lie, I wasn’t too disappointed with the extra time off. But there was one little problem…

Our power came back…but the Internet didn’t!!!! No blog stalking, no blogging, nothing, for four days! It was harder than I thought (I am only partially joking, you know!).

By the way, this was what we woke up to the first morning after the storm…

I have never seen snow like this, with the leaves still on the trees! And my town wasn’t too bad compared to others.

We finally went back to school today in the neighboring city and WOW!! There were literally trees and branches down on every single lawn, on each street. Five days later! Madness!! Luckily, everyone was ok and things are getting cleaned up…we just have to contend with Trick or Treat, which has been delayed ’til Sunday, November 6th.

Back to the anchor charts. Well, I did have my trusty Macbook, it was just sad without its Internet. So I lesson-planned and typed up anchor charts galore.

We use anchor charts in Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, as part of the program we follow. We are supposed to keep the charts we create on display, but man, are they starting to add up.

It struck me last week…everywhere I looked, I could see those giant chart papers. And mine just aren’t pretty, like the amazingly-creative ones I see you all make. I wish I was better at them, but I’m not a great chart marker!

So I decided to fix up all of the charts, keeping the same language and ideas my students first brainstormed…I just downsized a bit and added some clipart. Here are some of the Writer’s Workshop ones…(these are from a First 30 Days program we are following with America’s Choice):

I made them with lines as well, to match the look of the larger charts. These are some of the shorter ones, we have others that span a couple of pages (such as Topics to Write About).

I have a bunch more I will take photos of, as I finish typing them up. I’m also going to share a few other ideas I’m trying out with our charts, organization-wise.

I’m linking this up with Janaye’s Anchor’s Away Party, over at Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes. If you haven’t had a chance, you must check this party out–it is such a fantastic idea! Janaye has organized this party for all subjects and it has really made me think about using charts in math and other areas as well. Thanks Janaye!!! 🙂 You can hop over to her blog here:
Tales of Frogs & CupcakesDo you ever type up your charts?


  • Kristin November 4, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Super cute! I'm not a good chart maker, either.
    On another note — I'm a tad bit jealous of your snow. Just a tad. I'm excited for 60 degree weather and rain tomorrow. 🙂
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  • Ms. Rachel November 4, 2011 at 2:30 am


  • Ashleigh November 4, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I don't type them up, but I want to start. I love the ones you've created! I'd love to print them out on a big poster printer.
    Ashleigh's Education Journey

  • Ms. Dudley November 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    What type of program did you use to create these? They look like they are store bought. Would love to do this with my own, but have no idea how to start.

  • A. Kate November 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Your charts are so cute! I love them. I had to laugh while reading your post, as I too, have huge chart paper hanging all over my room. What a great idea. How did you make them? Are you willing to share?


  • Anonymous November 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I was also wondering what program you used to create these charts! Also are they printed on normal sized (letter) paper? If not, how did you print them?
    Thanks Heather


  • Life in Middle School November 5, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I'll agree – your posters look amazing! I'm curious about your fonts – what font did you use for the titles?

  • Gladys November 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Kristen…your charts are super cute! And I can't believe that storm you had…craziness!


  • sydney November 5, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Kristen these are awesome. I wish I knew how to attempt something this creative.

  • Kimberly November 5, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Hi Kristen,
    Love your anchor charts! They are just as cute as everything else you make.
    Funky First Grade Fun

  • Janaye November 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I think your charts are lovely!! I have contemplated making charts on the computer, especially with my wall space decreasing every time I hang up a big chart. Thanks for the ideas and thanks so much for linking up!!


  • Ms.M November 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    When I first started "Units of Study" writers program my walls were littered with chart paper and although I like my handwriting it isnt always the easiest to read. Also if you remember my room used to be VERY small and well I had to find a better way. So I did start to type up my anchor charts.

    Some time we would generate the anchor chart on chart paper and I would transfer it over but I felt my lil students didn't always make the connection. Then what I decided do was hook up my MacBook to my projector and make it together on the computer. We generate the chart and I let them "help" me pick the clipart. I say help loosely, it is very guided. I tell them that I get to pick he Ron and color, so I can make it easy for them to see and read.

    None of mine came out as cute as yours though. 🙂 Will you be putting them up in your Teachers Notebook shop?

    Ms. M

  • Kristen November 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Hey Ms. M, thank you for the ideas–I like that you generate them together on the computer, how smart! You are so great about making things clear for your ELLs. I did put some of them on the shop last night and this morning. 🙂

  • melissa November 7, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Kristen Hi! Love the charts… I'm going to check your shop!
    I usually type them and use the poster maker at staples!
    Teaching Fashionista

  • Jennifer November 10, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Wow! Those look amazing!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  • Ms. Chrissy B November 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Charming charts. I have to do the same thing! My charts are never cute – they're in my own crazy handwriting (scribbled-out errors and all) and they hang all over the place. Eventually, I either have to write them over or type them up. Sometimes I type them up and copy them for the kids so they can glue them into their reader's or writer's notebooks.

  • Anonymous January 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Love the anchor charts! I checked your website and you don't have all of the same ones that as what is in your picture. Could you post more of them there? I just got a new ELL student and think these would be very beneficial for him (as well as my non-ELL students). Your site is amazing. Thanks for always sharing such amazing ideas!!


  • Deldreqka Scott September 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I have searched for these charts and I can not find them! HELP! My school also uses the America's Choice Foundations for the first 30days.



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