All that frustration with anchor charts ended when I walked into a teacher’s room and saw her anchor charts being hung on command hooks. I immediately knew this was a brilliant way of organizing anchor charts. It was one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” and “I have wasted hours of my life I can never get back” moments.
See what I mean here with some of my literacy anchor charts:
Organizing Anchor Charts on Command Hooks
Now, as you can tell from the pictures, some of my charts are still hung on the wall. Here is how I decide what gets hung on the wall:
- Charts my students will need all year (Editing and Revising Charts for example)
- Charts of skills or concepts my students struggle with on a daily basis
Everything else goes on the command hook after we make it together. I label the anchor charts with the subjects (I have more not shown in the pictures), so the students can easily find the one they need. The students know to go to the charts they need, lift the charts up till they find the correct one, and voila: instant review of a lesson. (Warning: I did have to teach proper lifting and care procedures. 5th grade hands are not the most graceful.)
With this method, I am minimizing the space I am using on the walls (Perfect for small rooms or fire code restrictions). I am also maximizing their use because I can hang ALL my charts up for future student use. Their organization allows the students to use them easily and efficiently.
How do you manage your anchor chart displays? Let me know in the comments.