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Top 10 Anchor Charts to Use in Math To Engage Students
Anchor charts are posters created with students to help them remember thoughts and ideas. They are used often in language arts, for example:
- What does "real" reading look like vs. "fake" reading as a Comprehension anchor chart is developed.
- What could I write about an anchor chart to list writing ideas.
This same concept can be used in mathematics. Below are a several ideas of how anchor charts can enhance mathematical engagement in classrooms.
#1 Ask the class to brainstorm - What makes a great math student? Ideas may include:
1. Discuss, explain, and demonstrate solving a problem with multiple representations and in multiple ways.
2. Struggle with but continues to work problems and learns from previous problems.
3. Justify and explain, with accurate language and vocabulary why their solution is correct.
4. Compare and contrast various solution strategies and explains the reasoning of others.
5. Uses a variety of tools.
#2 Ask the class to brainstorm - A list of tools that can be used to solve problems.
1. Base Ten Blocks
2. Hundreds Chart
3. Number Lines
4. Tens Frames
6. Pattern Blocks
#3 An ongoing anchor chart of - Problem solving strategies for addition:
1. Joe's strategy - Compensating (show an example)
2. Kim's strategy - Adding tens then ones (show an example)
3. Megan's strategy - Counting Incrementally (show an example)
Other Possible Anchor Charts in Math:
4 Geometric Shapes
5. Coins - Look, value, etc.
6. Combinations of Ten
8. How I will solve a story problem
9. Divison and Multiplication Notation
10. Different student strategies in solving a problem.
Tips about the use of anchor charts.
1. Photograph each anchor chart and place in a notebook to reference the following year.
2. Only use anchor charts for things kids might have trouble remembering.
3. Create these with your students. It should be in words they understand.
4. Give each chart a title (underlined in red)
5. Place a border around the chart.
6. Use a picture on each chart.
7. Use color to make the chart interesting:
a. Black for heading (underlined in red)
b. Use two earth tone colors, such as purple and green and alternate each line.