Pencil topper mini-anchor charts are a useful teaching tool both in and out of your classroom!
Anchor charts are the trending teaching tool at the moment. Although teachers have used these charts for years, it is just recently that they have become the talk of the teaching world. Do a search on the web and you will find many images of anchor charts created by classroom teachers. Check out Pinterest and you’ll find board after board of them. You can even purchase pre-made anchor chart components on Teachers Pay Teachers.
There are several problems with anchor charts. One is that anchor charts take up lots of space. You continue on to a new lesson with a new chart while students still might need reminders about previous lessons. Just as an anchor holds a ship safely in place, anchor charts are set in one place. If your students are like mine who change classes throughout the day, those charts can not follow them.
Enter pencil topper mini-anchor charts! These small portable memory aids are perfect for students who need gentle reminders about a particular skill or strategy. If an anchor chart needs to be removed from the classroom in favor of a new one, a pencil topper mini-anchor chart can be given to a student of the entire class as a learning support. Since these pencil toppers are portable, students can take them wherever they go!
Included in this packet are two distinct files.
1. A PDF file of just the 20 ELA Pencil Toppers
2. A Power Point file of the toppers PLUS one blank topper that you may customize.
The following toppers are included...
Just Right Books
Newbery Award for Children’s Literature
Caldecott Award for Children’s Picture Books
M.O.V.I.E.S. (The Traits of Good Writing)
P.O.W.E.R.S. (Steps in the Writing Process)
Forms of Poetry
Hamburger Model for Writing a Paragraph
COPS Strategy for Proofreading
CUPS Strategy for Proofreading
ARMS Strategy for Revising/Editing
Six Basic Literature Circle Jobs
Literature Circle Job Descriptions (2 pages)
Summarizing Fiction Strategy SWBST (Someone Wants But So Then)
Summarizing Nonfiction Strategy Give Me a Hand (5 W’s)
PQA Answering a Question Strategy (Put the Question in the Answer)
Parts of Speech
Four Types of Sentences (2 versions)
Create Your Own Topper (add text and graphics)