Math anchor charts are a fantastic tool for supporting student learning in K-2! Anchor charts are a fantastic way to make ‘thinking’ visible. This is a critical concept for young learners to make sense of learning and aid with retention.
The key component to the effective use of anchor charts is to involve the students in both the creation and consistent use of them.
First, start the lesson with a blank (or semi-blank chart see my previous blog post for Tips and Tricks) piece of chart paper for the base of your anchor chart. Then, proceed through the lesson for the objective, fill in the chart as you go, making your ‘thinking’ and the student’s ‘thinking’ visible on the chart with keywords and images. Finally, make use of the chart frequently.
Comparing Numbers Anchor Charts
I make the places for the numbers (the pink above) temporary. Sometimes I just use laminated index cards, so that I can just write and erase numbers on either side. In the past, I have just hung stikki clips in those spots so I (and students) can just slide random numbers in those areas when practicing. This neat little trick allows for that key component of interactive use! Read more about other comparing numbers activities I do.
For More Math Anchor Charts and Activities on Comparing Numbers Check Out the Following Links!
The Measured Mom has a free printable I used to ‘help’ create the chart above. It also includes a matching miniature version that would be great for a center too!
Place Value and Number Sense Anchor Charts for K-2 Math Lessons
This Number of the Day Math Anchor Chart for Kindergarten is a great way to continuously practice number recognition!
Remember the kids respond on their own sticky note (I have them put their initials on it) and place it in the correct place on the chart. This chart makes for a great warm-up activity in the mornings. It also is great for early finishers throughout the day! (this is when the initials come in handy!) I suggest laminating this one after creating it for durability. Depending on your group of students, I usually give each one of my students a block (or part of a block) of sticky notes once we’ve practiced how to ‘use’ them properly to keep in their seats. If they are not ‘ready’ to keep them at their seats, I keep a block of them near the chart for ease of access.
This chart is phenomenal for teaching place value to young learners! It makes for great continuous practice and it too works for centers as well! The teacher writes a number in the center, emphasizing the vocabulary, Standard Form. Students then use sticky notes to show the written form, expanded form, model form, and denoting the hundreds, tens, and ones.
There is so much students can learn from this single chart it really is phenomenal! It truly helps solidify those tricky repeated math vocabulary terms involving place value. Not to mention, it’s a fun way to practice it all! Kids love sticky notes and having their work displayed!
I also recommend laminating the above place value anchor chart as well after creation for durability for continuous use. I too make the center editable, if you forget like I did this one time, just place an index card, piece of paper, or sentence strip over it. It happens, we’re human, and there is no point in recreating it for a little ‘oopsie’! Again, you can use a laminated note card and dry erase marker to change up the number. Or if you leave it blank and laminate the entire chart you can write directly on it with a dry erase marker!
For More Math Anchor Charts on Teaching Place Value and Number Sense Check Out the Following Links!
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Subtraction Strategies Anchor Charts for Kindergarten Math
I have discovered in my time teaching that ‘Subtraction’ tends to be ‘tricky’ for your learners. I have had more of a ‘need’ for subtraction anchor charts than addition. So for this reason I have chosen to emphasize subtraction in this post.
Subtraction with Regrouping (Borrowing) in Second Grade Math
This subtraction anchor chart is a ‘math’ lifesaver in 2nd Grade! Once students have this rhyme committed to memory regrouping (borrowing) becomes a breeze for blooming ‘mathematicians’! It’s always a huge leap when young learners make that leap into regrouping! This chart provides a much-needed ‘anchor’ for that next big step in math. I always have it visible in the classroom once we take the leap!
Need more room for responses on your anchor charts? A great trick I discovered is to add sentence strips to them! This provides extra space for students to attach their responses without covering up the strategy. To save space later I do remove the strips once we no longer require them for responses.
For More Math Anchor Charts for Teaching and Learning Subtraction Check Out the Following Links!
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For more tips and tricks on creating and using anchor charts in the classroom check out my previous post Tips and Tricks for Creating Anchor Charts in the K-2 Classroom.
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