Anchor Chart FLIP & Personal Laminator File Folders
I love anchor charts.
My students love anchor charts.
With the most recent math standard we worked on, I flipped the whole anchor chart concept. Instead of using the chart to anchor the new ideas being introduced… I had my kids dictate to me what I should put on the anchor chart AFTER we had been working on the concept for a week. All that schema spilling out with excitement… It was fab!
Here is the end result:
“It should be an alligator eating numbers!” “Explain what greater and less mean!” “You forgot GREATEST and ITSY BITSY” “What about GRANDE and POQUITO?” “Less should be on the other side of his head!”
“Just make a big arrow.” Ah, the flexibility of children is so wonderful. I learn from them daily. 😀
So… the alligator leaves a lot to be desired and the words are a little wonky but the kiddos love that THEY designed it and it’s all about what they learned. And while those little smarties were telling me all that needed to be on that poster, the ones whose comparing numbers schema wasn’t quite fully formed yet, had a chance to work on it and cement those skills a little more. Win-win.
Anyway… it’s a fun way to assess the kids and allow those who aren’t quite “there” yet another opportunity to practice. The poster will be up in the room for a while so we can continue to refer to it as we spiral review and it will give the last stragglers a constant visual on the concept.
In working on the comparing numbers skill, my kids used the “Calling All Numbers Big and Small” file folder game from the Winter Math Games pack. I had to reprint and laminate this game this year because I used the school’s laminator last year. It was, after all, BPL (Before Personal Laminator). I LOVE LOVE LOVE my little Scotch laminator. It laminates WAY better than the one at school. The lamination is so nice and thick. Everything holds up better and looks better.
I didn’t really mind reprinting and laminating the comparison game. I even laminated the FOLDER at home!
This is my lovely laminator – well not MINE but it is the kind I have:
This is what I did. I don’t know if it will work with all personal laminators, but I had absolutely NO problems with mine.
If you don’t have a personal laminator – you need one! 😀
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