Beautiful Anchor Charts

This page is devoted solely to beautiful anchor charts.  Some are mine, some are from pinterest.  Some are new to this blog and some are repeated in blog posts.

As I previously shared, I tried color coding my anchor charts this year (2014-2015).  Reading anchor charts were on blue butcher paper, reading foundation skills (phonics, fluency) were on yellow, novels were on white, writing was on purple or orange (depending on the genre), and math charts were pink.

Some of the posters have different colors.  Besides being pretty, this served two purposes.  First, it provided interaction with the students.  Instead of me reading the entire anchor chart during carpet time (BORING) or them reading the whole thing (very intimidating for many students), we compromised.  I read what was in black, they read the colorful words.  The colorful words were the big picture items from the standard, so they could also quickly identify the gist of each poster.


This is wonderful for helping students with the components of fluency and I love that it includes comprehension.  This would lend itself well to making our fluency foldable.

Here is one from my own classroom about metacognition and reading strategies:

This one is for close reads and annotating our thinking

This one is about what good readers do:

Making inferences

While this one is about interesting words from our reading:

This one is for one of my novels (Number the Stars) and my students generate the words, thus giving them more investment in our novel.

I've recreated this anchor chart when I go over theme with my students.  I also created this

to go along with theme (CCSS RL 5.2).  Students tape this into their reading notebooks and refer back to it after each novel or passage.  It is included in my teacher bundle pack, available here.  

I included it with our theme chart:

This is another great theme anchor chart that has questions to help students discover theme for themselves:

Greek and Latin Roots

Teaching affixes and roots is embedded in fifth grade standards.  

Mine are on-going and re-created with my students every year:

(We are only a few weeks in, which is why our anchor chart isn't complete!)

(Updated 11/19/13)

This is a great anchor chart because it includes pictures, which is wonderful for English Language learners.

This one is great for primary and setting the foundation of how affixes impact words:

Word Parts (my RTI group this year)

Phonics/Word Work (from my classroom)

Plot and Story Elements
I like this one for helping students recall events in a story:

It'd be great for small groups and as a template for students' journal responses.


I struggle with teaching grammar and language, so finding this poster about verbs was perfect:

I would need to add fifth grade examples but it's a wonderful starting point!

For conjunctions, FANBOYS is a must!

I always do this as a foldable, but the anchor chart is great too.

Discussion Norms

This one is wonderful for small group discussions.

I love that it stresses that it's okay to disagree with one another, as long as it's done politely.  More importantly, disagreements are encouraged!  Let's talk it out :)
(This reminds me of several Gale vs. Peeta debates that happened in my classroom last year!)

Focusing on Details and Savoring the Text (Oreo Reader)

Standard Specific Charts (Fifth Grade)

RI 5.2: (Main Idea & Supporting Details)

RI 5.3: (Connections)

RI 5.5 (Text Structure)

RI 5.6

RI 5.8



Expository Writing

Math Ideas

Math Mistakes

I've blogged about this one already,

but I like that it separates the types of mistakes.  Again, I'd change silly to careless but it's still great for students to understand that mistakes are okay because we learn from them.

Multiplication Strategies

What I like about the Common Core and the 8 math practices is the emphasis on multiple ways to solve a problem.

I am a fan of the array method because it helps students see the connection to place value.  If we aren't teaching meaning and reasoning skills with math, what's the point?

Here is one of mine on what good mathematicians do:


Land forms

I love teaching about geography and land forms.  I think this anchor chart is super cute and does a great job at using student-friendly pictures to clarify meaning.


Here is my welcome sign:

I want my students to feel loved and welcome in my classroom.

Below, there is a "tweet all about it" where my students reflect on "what stuck" with them that day :)

Here is our accountable talk poster:

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