How to Use Anchor Charts in Your Special Ed Classroom

An anchor chart is a teaching tool that helps visually capture important information from the lesson. But how can you use anchor charts in a special education classroom?


How to use anchor charts?

  • Create on easel paper with chart markers
  • Use when introducing and revisiting a lesson
  • Build your anchor chart with the class so they feel part of the learning
  • Add pictures, sentence stems, bold words to enhance learning
  • Lesson should be explicitly taught and referred to during lessons to reinforce content when student accesses anchor charts independently
  • Hang in classroom where visible to reinforce knowledge and aid in students working independently

You can also create the anchor chart in a whole group lesson, and then have students recreate the anchor chart in a notebook to reference at any time needed.

Let me share the person who I feel like is the queen of anchor charts: Amy Groesbeck. She shares a lot of her anchor charts on her Instagram, along with more tips and tricks – like this post:


Why to use anchor charts?

  • Anchor charts are a great visual that serves as a mini lesson on paper
  • Students can refer to anchor charts if they need support during an independent task
  • Can be displayed as reminders of prior learning and then built upon over multiple lessons
  • Help emphasize and reiterate important information, procedures, processes, or skills being taught
  • Increases student engagement

When to use anchor charts?

  • Make them with your class during a lesson
  • Use to sum up lesson
  • Use in mini lesson
  • Use in review lesson
  • When visible in classroom, refer to it when appropriate (like a center rotation) or other independent working
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How to store anchor charts?

  •  Some anchor charts can be left on bulletin boards all year, but if not needed, I store them along with my lesson plans for a particular lesson or unit.
  • You can also clip anchor charts on hangers and hang them on your easel – this is a great option for lessons you may refer to often.
  • You can also roll up your anchor charts and label them with washi tape or sticky notes, then store them in a bin like this:

Do you use anchor charts in your classroom? How? Share in the comments below!




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