October 10, 2013

Anchors Away

It is one of those rare fall days where the air smells sweet and there is a light breeze ruffling the leaves in the trees.  It is almost warm enough for just a t-shirt, and the sun is shining so bright that you have to squint in order to see.  I am about to go take advantage of the beautiful Wisconsin weather by going for a run outside, but before I do, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite anchor charts that Samantha and I have put up in our classroom over the last couple of weeks:

We just finished administering the Benchmark Assessment to all of our students who are not "Z readers" at the middle school level.  Once testing was complete, our students were grouped homogeneously according to their highest instructional benchmark level, and guided reading has officially begun.  These were the norms that my students agreed upon for guided reading.  We established norms for students in the guided reading group for the day and also for the rest of the class while the teacher is working with the small group of guided reading students.

My 8th grade students and I have been discussing the impact of using simple, compound, and complex sentences in our writing by noticing what authors do while reading, trying it out in writing, and understanding the different types of sentences during our word study block through using mentor sentences.  We actually have an area in our classroom where we keep all of the anchors about the "grammar stuff" for quick reference.  Another hot topic for us has been comma usage.  The anchor charts with the comma principles and color-coded coordinating sentences are below.

With that, I'm off to breathe in some fresh autumn air and work up a good sweat.  Our staff is in the middle of our "Biggest Loser" competition, and I've been trying to exercise at least five days a week!


  1. I absolutely love your blog and use everything I can beg, borrow, buy, or steal in my new ELA 6 class. In between parent conferences today I was busy re-creating a few of your terrific posters. Thanks for being so generous with your information and ideas!

    Joanne M
    Come visit and follow me at Traveling Though Sixth

    1. Hi Joanne,

      It is completely my pleasure to share ideas with others through this blog. When I started it I felt like I was writing to myself, but I'm amazed each day that there are others who read and appreciate it so thank you so much for sharing this with me and good luck in 6th grade! ;)



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