Anchor charts have always been one of the most popular topics here on the blog, probably because I'm so passionate about using and sharing them. As a newer teacher, I wasn't sure exactly how to use them. We'd often create anchor charts once and then never use them again, which kiiiind of defeats the purpose of an “anchor” chart that's designed to hold student learning and serve as a reference point for the entire unit (or sometimes entire year!).
Now we create anchor charts together as a class and actually use them. I typically have one dedicated section of wall space for reading and writing anchor charts and one dedicated section for math anchor charts. I have found it's best to invest in Post-It Note Anchor Chart Paper (Amazon affiliate link) and hang layers of anchor charts throughout specific units, which we can then flip back to as-needed. As often as I can, I make the anchor charts interactive, like this cause and effect anchor chart and my literal and inferential anchor charts.
Math Anchor Chart Templates and Quick Reference Guides
Don't worry if you aren't sure exactly what to put on your anchor charts. I have shared many examples here on the blog, as well as Instagram. Pinterest is always a great source too! But to make things even easier on you, I have this complete collection of math anchor charts and quick reference guides to use with your students during math lessons. Each one is inspired by the well-loved anchor charts I have featured on my blog for years and includes visuals, step-by-step directions, and more so you're ready to create beautiful anchor charts in third, fourth, and fifth grades. There are 51 templates to cover 19 introductory math skills and 34 advanced math skills!
Free Quick Reference Guides
Don't need the WHOLE anchor chart quite yet? Here are two totally free math quick reference guides to download that include tons of quick reviews of many math topics. There are two different versions… one that is great for third grade and one that is perfect for 4th and 5th grade! I love to have these on hand during math warm-ups, math workshops, etc. so that if students need a quick reminder, it is right at their fingertips. These aren't nearly as detailed as the anchor charts, but they're super useful! This quick reference guide also includes multiple skills on one page whereas the main anchor charts have one skill per page.
Other Ways To Use Math Anchor Charts
In addition to creating anchor charts together, students can glue the templates into their interactive notebooks and take notes during lessons.
If you don't want each student to have a reference booklet, you can also print the anchor charts in black ink on colorful paper to use as mini anchor charts for centers during math workshop.
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