Second grade can be a really exciting time for students. They are starting to become better readers, they are advancing their math skills and they are doing interesting things during science class, like experiments and observations.
Second-grade students still benefit from visuals during instruction. A great place to utilize and integrate visuals to support your young learners is on an anchor chart wall. An anchor chart wall is a great space to house all of your anchor charts in one place, just make sure to switch out them out often as you create new ones so they don’t become wallpaper.
1. Bucket Filling
The bucket filling concept can be illustrated with this cute chart! This powerful idea can be made accessible by the teacher breaking down what this idea looks, sounds, and feels like. Having behavioral expectations posted, that can be referred to often, are helpful for the beginning of the year.
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2. Cause and Effect
Adding this anchor chart to your next science lesson is a fantastic idea. Introducing the concept of cause and effect using pictures and example words allows the students to make connections about where they witness this concept in real life. Ask them to add other examples they notice!
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3. Types of Lines
Drawing these lines on the large anchor chart paper can help your students visualize the meaning of the words parallel, intersecting and perpendicular. This chart can be added to your introduction lesson or review period.
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4. What Good Readers Do
Your second grader students are still developing as readers. A picture like this will remind them what a good reader asks, does, and looks like. You can refer to this chart before your silent reading or reading buddy time.
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5. Parts of a Plant
This awesome anchor chart is fantastic because the diagram and labels make the information clear to students. This is especially the case when the labels and diagrams are paired with bright colors and lively visuals.
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6. Goal Setting
It is especially important to have your students’ goals listed for them to see. This is not only beneficial to remind them what they are trying to learn and why they need to stay on task, but it is also helpful for you if an administrator comes into your classroom.
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7. Growth Mindset
Fostering a growth mindset is very important for learners of any age. This is a fun anchor chart that reminds students just how to accomplish this. The power of anchor charts likes this one will teach your students how to persevere, be resilient and strive to learn from their mistakes.
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8. Main Idea
As you are fostering literate students, developing their skills in identifying the main idea or focus of a piece of text is imperative. This type of anchor chart teaches a skill that would benefit students of all ages, even up to and beyond a fifth-grade teacher could use this!
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9. Personal Narrative Support
As students learn about how to work with different forms of writing and become authors themselves, they will definitely come across writing their own personal narrative at some point. Having this anchor chart up will support young primary teachers to be clear about the various components involved.
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This eye-catching anchor chart will make teaching and learning about grammar fun! This can quickly become one of your students’ favorite anchor chart if you co-create it by including their ideas and even get them to draw their own pictures! They will not forget this lesson anytime soon.
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Posting up various examples of patterns for students will be a helpful reminder every single time. Pairing this chart with the other resource types, like manipulatives in math, will allow your students to make connections in their learning that they may not make otherwise.
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12. Central Topic and Details
Learning about how to identify the central topic of a story, piece of non-fiction information or an alternative piece of writing is a lifelong skill that needs to be fostered and developed early in students’ academic careers. A colorful and well-made anchor chart can support them in doing this.
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13. Making Connections
Making connections is a vital literary skill that enables students to see patterns in their worlds. This could be as they are thinking about text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world relationships. Understanding similarities and differences between different pieces of information they know is a skill that needs to be explicitly taught.
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14. Character Traits
This type of anchor chart would be perfect to create together as a resource for your students if they are working on a book report and have to discuss and present information about the main character. Your students will be more comfortable describing the protagonist and antagonist of their stories!
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If your students are constantly asking you what time it is during the school day, this type of time chronology chart will give them a visual representation of how the hours pass during the day. The daily teaching ideas that can come from this chart are endless.
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16. Geometric Solids
Creating this anchor chart with your class will support your next math unit that involves shapes. Designing this anchor chart can be especially fun for your kids if you let them draw where they see these shapes in your world. A cube can be an ice cube in a glass!
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17. Telling Time
Telling time is such a powerful skill for grade 2 students. A task that seemed so daunting becomes exciting when they can read a clock and determine when lunchtime, science class, or home time is for themselves. Empower your students by putting up this invaluable resource.
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18. Prefixes and Suffixes
The world of language will open up for your students as they have access to this Prefixes and Suffixes anchor chart. Referring to it from time to time will ensure the information is retained and students understand the real-world applications of their uses.
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19. Good Morning Galore
Teaching social skills is a vital component of any classroom atmosphere, especially at the start of the year. This anchor chart reminds students of the etiquette associated with greeting someone and saying Good Morning to their peers and adults they come into contact with.
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20. Literary Element: Plot
This is a fun pictorial representation of the parts of plots in stories. This simplified version of the traditional narrative structure will give your students the opportunity to make a connection between this idea and a real-world activity that they are most likely familiar with.
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21. Math Problem Solving
Anchor charts that students can refer to independently allow for them to research math problem-solving strategies without teacher support are invaluable resources for any teacher who has a busy classroom. Fostering student independence will build their confidence and build them for success.
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This anchor chart will make grammatical distinctions clear. This is especially the case if you use a few different colors to show students which pronouns belong in each category. The more interesting and eye-catching you can make these charts, the more your students will want to read them.
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23. Class Contract
Whether you refer to this type of agreement as a class contract or promise, you students need to look at this chart all year long. Explaining the importance of an agreement like this at the beginning of the year will allow you to foster a “class family” sense of atmosphere.
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24. Introduction to Multiplication
It is never too early to start a discussion about grouping items and numbers. You can make this lesson engaging by asking the students which objects or items they can think of that can be grouped. Your students will enjoy having their ideas represented.
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25. Alphabet Association
Some grade 2 students are still learning how to identify letters and associate them with their sounds. Having this type of anchor chart posted will help your students make this connection more easily. You can discuss one letter per week and then review it when you’ve reached the end.
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There are many options for excellent anchor charts that you can include in your classroom. From literacy to math and science to social skills, anchor charts will help your students have all of the information right in front of them.
Anchor charts transport students back to the original lesson when you originally taught the content. Representing concepts using pictures, numbers, and words integrating bright and bold colors is a fantastic way to diversify your instruction methods. The best part is that anchor charts are not age-specific and can be tailored to the needs and ages of your students.