What do I do now? Exploring engaging anchor activities for students

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<ul><li><p>What do I do now? Exploring engaging anchor activities for students </p></li><li><p>Anchor activities Independent ongoing assignments (in any subject) During a unit, semester, or year-long. They are activities that tie to the content and instruction. Frees up classroom teacher to work with other groups of students or individuals.</p></li><li><p>When can it be used? To begin the day or when students first enter class.When students complete an assignment.When students are stuck and waiting for help. </p></li><li><p>Effective when Expectations are clear, part of routine.Pick only one or two first.Tasks are taught and practiced (model).Students are held accountable for on-task behavior. Allow students to have power to choose the activity and level of difficulty. </p></li><li><p>Why a routine?The brain seeks to make order out of chaosYou can establish patterns of appropriate behavior and systems for doing things in the classroom Confusion and frustration will be reduced as the brain feels secure in knowing and detecting the pattern for appropriate behavior.Begin with the Brain Martha Kaufeldt, 1999 </p></li><li><p>Example of RoutineMorning arrival for 2nd graders</p><p>Say Good morningTake off jacket and backpack Put name on listGo to Anchor activity until everyone arrives at 8:30am Arrival to specialist</p><p>Arrive to the LS room.Place homework in the bin.Go to Anchor activity until everyone arrives.Start lesson. </p></li><li><p>Anchor Activity as a Preview of a G2 Unit.Applying reading/writing skills after an activity.* Look and examine these pictures from two countries. Research about the two locations. What do you think they are doing? Are they similar? Why do you think this is the case? </p></li><li><p>Tic Tac ToeMixing up ability levels</p></li><li><p>Example: Social Studies BINGOTry for one or more BINGO for our Unit: People who made a change. The writing exercises we have done on persuasive writing are also addressed. After each activity, make sure I read your final product so that I can initial you box. B I N G O</p></li><li><p>Social Studies Anchor ActivityAmerican Revolution: Letter Writing Activity Create a book of correspondence: a collection of six letters exchanged between two people in the 1770s in the US. One lives in Boston and the other is a relative in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Make the letters interesting! Are the characters lives different and how are they similar? Include 5 events/major points in history that is going on in the US during the time period. Who is in charge? What is going on during the 1770s in the US?Mention real towns and persons involved in the 1770s.Assemble the collection of letters and envelopes into a booklet. Create an envelope for each letter. Due Feb. 5th. See me if you need help.</p><p>(Adapted from Teachers, Change your Bait! By Martha Kaufeldt)</p></li><li><p>G1 LiteracyGiven a small group of 8 students for literacyWhole group reading of PJ Funny bunny discuss pictures and vocabularyActivity:Read the sentences as a group. Split into 2 groups. One member will cut the sentences out. As a group, put the words back together to make a sentence. Once you are done, move to the next sentence. Independent practice creating sentences and piecing them together.</p><p>Anchor activities: Create a word find. (choose a few sight words, mostly sound it out words, a few whoa, that was a hard word. Connect to Tell Me a Story: Choose a favorite story you read in class (ex. PJ Funny bunny Goes Camping.) Change the ending to the story. Teacher works with Im not finished Freddie group, provide guidance.</p></li><li><p>Grouping forG1: Tell Me A Story</p></li><li><p>Assessing anchor activities Checklists Rubrics Student Conferences Learning Journal Peer Review</p></li><li><p>Sample Activities for SpellingCreate a greeting card. Be sure to include some of your Spelling words in the message. Illustrate your spelling words. Write your word and a picture reflecting the meaning of your word.Create a newspaper headline using your spelling wordsCreate an advertisement/poster for some type of product using some of your spelling words.Use sign language to spell your words. Refer to the sign language cards.Find a newspaper or magazine article. Find words in the article that can be replace with your spelling word.Create a crossword puzzle or a word search using your spelling words. Provide an answer key and give it to a friend to complete. Compose a letter to a parent (or teacher) and give it to them.Use some of your spelling words to write a poem. Use the poetry resource to learn about different types of poetry.Create categories or groups for your spelling words. Then, figure out a way to regroup them into different categories/groups. </p></li><li><p>Sample Activities for ReadingCheck out and read a biography about the life of someone you are interested in learning about. Then, prepare a short biography in your own words to share with the class. Write a letter to the author or a book youve enjoyed. (Robert Munch writes back!!!)Create a best-seller list for your favorite books. Design illustrations what you think would go well with a favorite chapter book. Look and examine a picture book. Write a story that would go with the book.Compare and contrast two books by the same author.Find a fiction book and a non-fiction book that could be paired together. Rewrite the ending of a book.Create an original dialogue between two characters from a book youve read. DEAR Silent ReadingJournal writingwww.Starfall.com : explore as groupGuinness Book Scavenger HuntCreate Magnetic PoetrySentence SequencingDeveloping writing promptsSolve the Mystery </p></li><li><p>Sample Activities for MathCreate test questions/Story problemsCreate a folder of review activitiesPuzzles and math games (ex. Guess My Number)Create math gamesManipulativeMagazines connect to mathMath Journal writingResearch a math topicComputer programmingPractice budgetingLogic puzzlesMath SudokuOngoing math assignmentsGraphing calculator activitiesResearch calculus and other mathematical concepts why were they first used.Find out the names and values of at least 5 different types of currency. How much would certain things cost?Plan an around the world trip stopping by at least 10 famous landmarks. Research cost of flight, room, cost of living for every location and come up with a plan. What would the total cost of the trip be? What if you were only given $5,000 could you still execute the trip?</p></li><li><p>Planning an Anchor ActivityAnchor Activity Planning and Implementation Indicators and Outcomes: Have all the skills and/or concepts been taught previously? Name and description of Anchor Activity:</p><p>Differentiation of Anchor: How will you make it respectful of each ability level in the class? </p><p>Instructional Task: What do you have to do so all students can work on the anchor independently?</p><p>Materials needed: What will students need? Where will the materials be? </p><p>Management and Monitoring</p><p>Expectations: When do you expect students to work on this?</p><p>Due date: How much time do you want it to take? Will there be checkpoint due dates along the way?</p><p>http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/enriched/giftedprograms/docs/Anchor%20Worksheet.DOC</p></li></ul>


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