June 2, 2014

Anchors Away 6.2.14

It's Monday again, so that means it's time for Anchors Away, a fun linky hosted by my sweet bloggy friend Deb of Crafting Connections.


This week's share is again not really an anchor chart in the traditional sense. I post all of my mentor sentences on sentence strips then tack them to my windows (no wall space).


My kiddos use the strips as reference tools, hunting for examples of figurative language, punctuation and capitalization usage, etc. throughout the year. They have the matching sentences in their INB's along with the accompanying lessons. It's really great to hear them say in April when you are reviewing something learned much earlier in the year, "I remember that; it's over there on that mentor sentence!" My students become more responsible for their learning and seem to retain more with these visual cues!

Be sure to stop by Crafting Connections for more ideas about Anchor Charts!

...AND, lest I forget:
FOUR more alarm clocks!!!
Let the countdown continue!


 

4 comments:

  1. I LOVE the idea of displaying *just* the mentor sentences! I have been using them but of course they are all on big poster paper - this would help me display them better! Thanks! :)

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    1. I started with the chart papers and by the end of the second month, I was swamped! I have VERY little wall space on which to hang charts so the sentence strips were my saving grace.

      Angela

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  2. I love this idea, too! Are your mentor sentences part of a program or a premade set (I've seen a few sets on TPT), or do you pick your mentor sentences yourself based on the books that you are reading in the classroom? Also, are they color-coded by grade level?

    Thanks for linking up again this week!

    Deb

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    1. My mentor sentences are taken from books and articles that my students are reading. I found that while premade sets are wonderfully made they don't suit my older students. They are color coded, one color per grade level.

      Angela

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