Anchor Charts...

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  1. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    So, I have posters in my room, but I would really much rather move to anchor charts. However, I have ZERO artistic ability. As in can't-draw-a-stick-figure bad. I will draw things on the board (especially in math and science) and we always joke about how I am such an amazing artist :lol: Anyone in the same boat? And how do you overcome it?!
     
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  3. mkbren88

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    I didn't draw pictures on any of my anchor charts. I just tried to add some pretty doodles to the outside and use lots of colorful markers to make it look pretty! I always look at the anchor charts people make and I get sad that I can't do that. I think I'm going to start bringing home my chart paper and having my hubby draw the pictures the night before, or at least draw an outline so I can trace over it and pretend it's my own! ha

    I always told my kids how I'm not a good artist, but I still at least try and bless their little hearts, they would always tell me I was SOOOO good ha
     
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    I, most of the time, write in different colors and don't really illustrate. I write in different lettering at times, too. Sometimes, sure, I decorate and add embellishments of sorts, but that isn't a "must"! :)
     
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    My anchor charts aren't pretty, they're functional. I can't draw very well either. I agree with the others, use different markers & lettering if you can.
     
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    I don't draw on my anchor charts either. I use different color markers and most of the time, my students will write on them.
     
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    I'm planning on using my SmartBoard (you can import graphics :) ) for my Anchor Charts this year and printing them out for (1) center areas and (2) student resource folders.
     
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    Frame them on colored paper

    Print the titles in color with fancy font

    add large notepad cutouts that say things like 'fun'

    Frame them with bulletin board trim
     
  9. Tasha

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    If I plan it ahead, sometimes I print pictures from word or from google image searches or add the pictures after the chart (like the next day when we read it). But honestly, I just draw it anyway and I have gotten better. I have used different "Learn to Draw" sheets over the years and they really do help you learn to draw things and to analyze the shapes that are in things.
     
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    I always do mine as a draft with the kids and then make a published version. They come out much better when there isn't an audience waiting on me. :)
     
  11. MsDeb

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    This is what I do! We make a rough draft together and then I make a pretty one that I use to display. If it's going to hang in my room all year, I want it to look a certain way (well, good :p)
    I use the "rough" draft until I have some free time to make a new one (or use my creative pre-interns). The kids always love to see the new one! I'm not artistic either but give me pinterest and I can make a pretty cute anchor chart given some time!
     
  12. Go 4th

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    I do this also! Sometimes I make them before hand but leave space for ideas the students share.

    Are you on Pinterest? There are tons of anchor charts on there. Some are highly decorated, others are from artistically challenged people like you and me! :)
     
  13. giraffe326

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    That is originally what caused me to be depressed about my lack of artistic skill.
    As I have scoured blogs today, I am finding it is actually much more normal to have them without amazing pictures :)
     

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