Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Anchor Charts

I just love anchor charts.  I always tell my students that anchor charts help organize my brain and that is the honest truth!  Anchor charts help us focus in on what we need to focus on and think about our topic.  Our pumpkin unit is going strong and anchor charts are covering every spare inch of wall space in our room.  The above photo shows one of my favorites....the Tree Branch chart.  If you turn the chart upside down it looks like a tree, students love this!

This chart shows the sequence in the story Pumpkin, Pumpkin.  This really helped us recall the story in order and gave us a nice visual for our writing.

We also love, love, love our circle thinking maps.  We write the topic in the middle and then place describing words in the outer ring.  One student came up with the word quiet....yes, pumpkins are definitely quiet!

Here is our Double Bubble Map.  Actually, the name is just really fun to say really fast.  We compared apples and pumpkins.  This also helped us focus on describing words and adding more describing words to our writing.

Our pocket chart gives us an opportunity to take the cards back to our seats when we write for the kiddos who need an opportunity to have the words right in front of them.

And last, but not least, my absolute favorite!  Taping words on a real pumpkin!  All of these activities helped enrich our vocabulary, make us more aware of describing words, and add details to our writing.  

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