Suggestion 1: Have students work in groups to create the anchor charts. Make sure to have students draft their ideas on a piece of scratch paper and that a teacher okays them before they create an anchor chart. All information on the anchor chart should be clear and correct. I like doing this in heterogeneous partnerships or small groups.
|This partnership was working on creating a visual anchor chart to represent the Judicial Branch. Below is the finished product.|
|Students used the anchor charts as a jigsaw activity and explained the information on the chart to their classmates.|
|Here's the wonderful Ms. Shultz holding up an attribute of the Legislative Branch for the Anchor Chart Scramble.|
Suggestion 3: Have an anchor chart scavenger hunt! This is a great way for students to familiarize themselves with the different posters around the room. This can be done individually or in small groups. I don't usually do this for a grade but instead have students work on the scavenger hunt until all of their answers are correct. When they are correct, they earn a small prize such as an eraser or fruit snacks.
|Here is a page from a reading scavenger hunt that we made a few years back.|