How to Use Anchor Charts to Boost Student Learning

How to Use Anchor Charts to Boost Student's Learning

Interactive anchor charts are a useful tool for helping English language learners (ELLs) and all students in upper elementary school. Anchor charts are visual displays that provide information and support for learning. They can be used to teach new concepts, reinforce skills, and provide a reference for students. Here are some ways that teachers can use interactive anchor charts to help upper elementary ELLs:

  1. Create anchor charts together: Involve students in the creation of anchor charts by having them contribute their own ideas and examples. This can help them feel more engaged and invested in the material. Not only more engaged,  but students will have more of a connection with their learning and will be able to refer to the anchor charts better. To do this, leave blank spots on the chart. This could be for students to fill in with sentences, pictures, etc.

2. Use visual aids: Incorporate visual aids, such as images, diagrams, and charts, into anchor charts to help students, especially ELLs understand and remember the material. You don’t want your anchor chart to be too text-heavy! You can provide images for your students to place on the chart or they can create their own examples!

3. Encourage interaction: Encourage students to interact with the anchor charts by adding their own examples, asking questions, and making connections to the material. You can allow students to put sticky notes on parts they have questions about.

4. Use anchor charts as a reference: Encourage ELLs to use anchor charts as a reference when completing assignments or working on projects. This can help them feel more confident and independent in their learning. Suggestion: Place content anchor charts next to each other. For example, math anchor charts in a certain section of the room.

Overall, interactive anchor charts can be a valuable tool for helping upper elementary ELLs. By involving students in the creation of the charts, using visual aids, encouraging interaction, and using the charts as a reference, teachers can help ELLs feel more engaged and confident in their learning.

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