A Bright Idea of Reusable Anchor Charts!

I'm joining the Bright Ideas Blog Hop with a Bright Idea for creating Anchor charts you can use year after year!

I love daily five's structure. I like the way you practice routines WITH the students. I like to create the anchor charts WITH them, so they have some buy in to the whole process. BUT - I also want them to look nice. I have been creating the charts for a few years and always struggle to decide if I should make the charts myself, printing them, and go over them with the class before displaying them - or making them with the students even though they don't look the best.

I've always had great results creating them with students so I have stuck with it. However I have been trying to come up with a way that I can create charts I love, look nice, and I don't have to recreate every year. I think I finally figured it out!

I purchased these blank charts to match my classroom decor

  and some full page label paper by 3M

I typed the headings for each chart in a font that I liked and printed it onto this label paper, along with some cute clip art that I wanted to add to the charts.
I cut out the words and the clip art, then placed it on the chart where I wanted it to go.

This allowed me to move them around and get them on the chart just the way I wanted them. Then I peeled the backing off the "stickers" and placed them on the chart.

I wanted to make the T-Chart so I used decorative tape I picked up at the Dollar Tree. I used a pencil and ruler to make a straight line across the chart.
Then put the tape down on the line
I love how these turned out and can't wait to add to them WITH my students...I haven't put the line down the middle yet but I plan to.

I am going to laminate them so that I can write on them with dry erase markers and erase them at the end of the year! Then I will be able to use them over and over again!

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  1. As a high school teacher, it isn't often an idea is PERFECT for me without modifying it. THIS one is a game changer! THANKS!!

  2. Great idea! I love this and why have I not thought to use decorative tape for my lines on chart paper??? It's the little things, right? Thank you for sharing this!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. Where did you get the charts? I love this idea!
    The Schroeder Page

    1. I got the charts from Creative Teaching Press and Barker Creek.

  4. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
    LMN Tree

  5. What a great idea! I always want my i-charts to be cute too! :)

  6. Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE this idea!!!!! I guess I'll be running out to our teacher supply store this week :)

    Sun, Sand & Second Grade

  7. Incredible solution! You win, the kids win, and the planet wins!

  8. I LOVE this idea!!!!! Especially when using Daily 5 for Reading and Math. I'm changing grade levels; however, they could be reused not matter what! THANKS!

  9. I LOVE this idea! Those charts are adorable!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  10. Love this idea! What is the font you used? And where did you get the cute clip art?

    1. Hi Erika, the font is KG Defying Gravity http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/KG-Defying-Gravity-Font-Personal-Use-1197600 and the clip art is from Kari Bolt http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/School-and-School-Employees-Clip-Art-Bundle-1224169 - I love both of them :)

  11. That is a fantastic idea. I have so many blank posters that I get from Scholastic . This is a great way to use them. Thank you so much.

  12. Fabulous idea, but write with a sharpie over your lamination, then "erase" it with a dry erase marker at the end of the year. That way you won't keep losing your dry erase marked ideas from your posters!

  13. Such a great idea! I love getting as much use of things as possible!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  14. I LOVE this idea. I just bought one of those charts and now wish I'd grabbed a few more. I really like the style of the labels you made- love the blocked background behind the letters.. Can you tell me if that is a font or clipart behind a font?
    Time 4 Kindergarten

  15. Terrific idea! I have a student teacher this year, and I can't wait to try this and share it with her! Thanks for the bright idea!
    First Grade Bangs

  16. This is certainly one of those "And why have I done it any other way but this way?" ideas. Thank you for such a clever and resourceful idea!


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