Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

My students and I love to create anchor charts.  They support our instruction by providing students a visual reminder as to what was previously taught in our classroom.  They can also provide students with the tools to self-monitor classroom expectations.  I believe students should be apart of the process of creating anchor charts to provide meaning to these useful tools.  I have created lots of anchor charts over the years, and I have come up with some tips and tricks to help you create your own in your classroom, along with my favorite tools to use in the process.

1.  Make space for your anchor charts.  

When I was designing my classroom space, I was very intentional about where I wanted to hang completed anchor charts.  The classroom library needed space for them so that students could be independent in that area and reminded of expectations set forth earlier in the year.  The same goes for other spaces in the classroom.  I used extra large chalkboard clothespins that I found in the Target Dollar Spot and hot glued them in those areas.  I also used magnetic hooks where I could so that I could quickly and easily hang newly created anchor charts.


Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math       Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math


2. Mix it up!

You don't always have to use the large, expensive tablet paper you see for your anchor charts.  I do always have those on hand, but they are not necessary.  I do like to use them with and without the lines depending on what type of chart I am making.  The sticky ones are great, but they are difficult to laminate if you are creating one that you want to save for next year.

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

Sometimes, I will just use the large 12x18 construction paper to create a mini-anchor chart.  These are great if you do not have a lot of space.  We made a craft with this one, so I attached the one I made to the chart.  This added a little extra character to it!  (no pun intended!)

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

If you have the large bulletin board paper, tear off a strip of that!  Sometimes, you need a gigantic space!  We needed space on this one to add questions that were created on sticky notes, and there were a lot of them!

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

You can even add those cute little posters that a lot of TPT sellers add in their units with some fun washi tape.  For the one below, I even added plates to the top for PIE for author's purpose.  The bright colors and 3-D effect helped grab students' attention.

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

Give it some shape!  Make it the character from a book or whatever you may be studying related to your theme.  This wolf was definitely memorable.  Students had to sort events from the two different versions of The Three Pigs onto the Wolf.  Of course, all of the events were related to the wolf.  Great for comparing a character in two different story versions!

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

3.  They don't have to be cute.

I have heard so many teachers say that they can't make anchor charts because they can't do cute.  I really don't think mine are that cute, either.  I am usually creating them in front of my students, so I can't take the time to make them perfect.  Not that I could anyway!  You can see that the one below is not cute!  It has literally one word on it!  The look is not important---it's the content.  So, don't worry about cutesy!  Make it meaningful for your students.

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

4.  The Best Anchor Chart Supplies to Have on Hand

I have tried lots of different markers and sticky notes over the years on my anchor charts.  I have finally narrowed it down to my faves!

My co-teacher, Holly, introduced me to these markers.  They are hands-down my favorite anchor chart markers!  They write so smoothly and the colors are very bold!  I get them from Amazon as an add-on item, and they are very inexpensive.  I highly encourage you to try them!

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

Sticky notes are a must for getting your charts to be interactive.  There are lots of cute shapes and designs out there these days that can really add to your chart.  But I do have to say, that I am a Post-it Brand girl.  They stick, by far, the best.  A lot of the other brands just do not stick well and fall off shortly after posting them to the paper.  :(  Post-it Brand has some fun shapes, colors, and I am loving their extra large sizes they have come out with!

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math


5.  Anchor Chart Storage

I have struggled over the years with storing my anchor charts.  I just ended up throwing them away and creating new ones each year.  I wasted so much time doing that!  I have a new strategy now that is working much better.  After making the bones of the chart ahead of time, we laminate them.  They can still be interactive and students can help in adding to them with sticky notes or dry erase markers.

I roll them up, rubber band them, and store them in this laundry basket.  I ended up having to buy another one to store them all!  You can put a little sticky tab on the end of each one so you can easily find it the following year.  You will probably need to even color code them by month or season so you can make your search even easier!  I made this label from Schoolgirl Style's Happy Rainbow Collection.  It would be very easy to make your own, too, to match your classroom.

Five tips and tricks for the creating effective anchor charts in the primary classroom!  anchor charts reading | anchor charts kindergarten | anchor charts math

 Anchor charts are my jam and I can't live without them!  I would love to know what your favorite supplies are and your best tips, too!  Thanks for reading!








This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

Fairy Tales of Three Week may be one of my favorite weeks ever in teaching!  Our week was full of excitement from digging into some great literature, to challenging STEM activities and fun crafts.  We chose to use two versions of each of the fairy tales The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

We focused on retell of events, as well as story structure when it came to tying fairy tales to our standards.  We also did lots of comparing and contrasting; I feel like we covered it all! ;)  On day one, we introduced fairy tales read the original version of Three Billy Goats Gruff.  We made a cute little troll craft which is on down in the post, too.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

We even made theses fun retell bracelets from Dr. Jean.  These were amazing!  You HAVE to check these out and try them.  So easy and effective!

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

This printable is great if you want your students to record the order of events from the story in addition to the bracelet.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

On day two, we read The Three Billy Goats Fluff!  ADORABLE book!  We used our bracelets from the day before to retell the events from this story and then we compared and contrasted the two versions.  Afterwards, we made these goat crafts.  I am not going to lie-these might have tested our patience but it was kindergarten.  They did turn out really cute, though.  Just wanted to throw that out there! ;)

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education


This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

For each pair of stories, we tied and STEM activity to it.  We got this idea from A Spoonful of Learning.  You just take construction paper and let students construct a bridge.  

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

I made some retell puppets and added them to my fairy tales unit so you can have your students play and retell the events from the story.  They will LOVE this!

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

We focused the most on The Three Little Pigs, because there is just so much you can do with it!  We narrowed it down to these three versions.  We started out by reading the original story.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

Again, we made retell bracelets.  We had students all week begging to retell the story again!  It was that amazing to them!  These were a great quick assessment for report cards, too!  

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

We brought in these fun stuffed animals to use for retell.  We found these at Ikea.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

We tied in art with pig and wolf crafts.  They were super simple and easy to make.  

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

For our STEM activity, we read Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda.  It's a really cute book where the kids have to try to blow the pigs' houses down.  We then gave them the challenge of building a Pig's Dream House.  We showed them the types of materials the pigs used. 

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

We then had them design the dream house on a geoboard.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

The following day, they built houses with marshmallows and toothpicks.  I told them it had to withstand the wolf trying to blow it down.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

I dressed a hairdryer up like the Big Bad Wolf and tried to blow their houses down.  The kids were hilarious!  We got this idea from Sewing School.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

Finally, we read these two versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  They were super cute as you can see!  We were out that day, so we didn't get pics.  But they did retell, compare and contrast, and made a cute Goldilocks craft.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

You can find my Fairy Tales of 3 Unit below with everything you need for the unit!  

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education

My co-teacher Holly made a SMART board lesson to go with it.  You can check it out below, too!  Her lessons are really great and she has just started up her store, so please check it out!  They are great for keeping me on track and are very engaging for students.

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education


Thank you so much for reading today!  I know you are busy, but I hope you love fairy tales as much as we do and can incorporate them into your classroom, too!  

This Fairy Tales of Three pack is the perfect ELA unit to teach fairy tales and retell of events.  It’s full of fairy tale crafts, fairy tales activities, and has a focus on story structure and story retell.  Great for kindergarten through second grade.  fairy tales kindergarten | art | education