Monday, November 7, 2011

Equation Anchor Chart

So last week I was supposed to create an anchor chart for how to write equations. I've got no clue what my district had in mind, but here's what I came up with.
I asked the kids what we need to make an equation and they first said numbers to I stuck the numbers on (I had them hiding with tape on them already). Then I asked what was missing and they had to tell me which symbols to put where. And finally we labeled all the parts we already knew and I introduced a few new words (minuend, subtrahend, and difference- can you tell we've mostly been focused on adding). Lastly, each kid got their own mini-chart to label and glue in their math notebooks. Here's a downloadable version, it's two to a page.

How many of you post your objectives? We've never been told we HAD to post our objectives, but I know so many teachers that do post theirs and I think the kids really like to know what they're going to do each week. My kids were very interested in the new chart and have referred to it a few times so I think it's a winner. PS- I don't teach reading so that's why you don't see any reading objectives.

I'm linking this post to Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes. She's hosting an anchor chart linky party so go check it out. I do love a great anchor chart (and an excuse to draw with markers)!