I L-O-V-E making anchor charts with my students. We make them for everything and anything. Sometimes I make them just to show off my awesome drawing skills to my students. Okay, that one isn’t true. I’m always jealous of the awesome anchor charts I see on Pinterest that have fabulous drawings. I can’t draw – at all! My kids don’t seem to mind. It becomes a game to us. I draw a cow. They tell me it looks like a duck. I tell them to pretend. They laugh. Repeat.
But the truth is, creating an anchor chart for what we are learning helps my students visually connect their thoughts to the new knowledge we are forming during our mini-lessons. We refer back to these anchor charts throughout the week and throughout the year as we review and make connections.
I used to have a rolling pocket chart stand that I put my anchor charts on. I fished it out of a dumpster after someone threw it away. Yep. That’s how I roll. I’m a teacher, and I’ll do what it takes to get the classroom supplies I need haha! However, my pocket chart stand was bulky and inconvenient. I didn’t have a good place to put it when we weren’t using it, so I wanted something different for this year.
I was strolling through Wal-Mart last week to get some curtains for my classroom. I stumbled upon this magnetic curtain rod.