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Smarter Charts, K-2: Optimizing an Instructional Staple to Create Independent Readers and Writers

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"Your charts don't need to be perfect, just thoughtful. You don't even have to be able to draw. Just put the child before the chart."

Marjorie Martinelli and Kristine Mraz Listen to an interview with Marjorie and Kristi, the Chartchums, on Education Talk Radio.

Commercially available charts leave you hanging? Want the secret to jump-off-the-wall charts that stick with kids?
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Paperback, 100 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Sheila Barnes
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Teacher friends please read this book! I know it says K-2 on the cover but this information would benefit all teachers because getting the right chart is not simply looking at what is popular on Pinterest, (guilty) instead we need to tailor make them to fit our class and the needs of our students. It is a quick read that packs a powerful punch. The goal of charts is that they help children work independently. Charts can be the third teacher in the room. Always ask what are the big ideas to be ta ...more
Chris Heim
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an ideal read for teachers: succinct (85 pages), full of examples that help one imagination its conceptual application, and practical. It also had good troubleshooting tips for common concerns about charts (placement, sheer number, etc.) It got me thinking about charts in a more sophisticated way, and I look forward to trying out some of the strategies in this book next school year to see if I can get my own students to refer to our charts as an instructional aid and as a tool for reflec ...more
Carrie Slade
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved it! I’ve got good ideas to work on interactive anchor charts. I would love to have had more examples and more sections like they had a few of “Charts in Action.” It will be a resource I come back to all year!
Sheila
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a useful book for teachers and others who want to organize and present information with a purpose. I am not an artist and often struggle with making charts visually appealing. My students and I would giggle at some of my sketches. The authors emphasize creating interactive charts with your students using simple line drawings to make charts meaningful. This book gives great tips on creating and using charts in all classrooms. I appreciate the section on limited/restricted wall space since ...more
Briana
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those education professional texts that you can read, put down, and immediately implement the ideas you've just read about. There are not enough of these in the world! And even though the title tags this text for grades K-2, a teacher of any grade level who is interested in charting smarter will find this valuable. As a middle school teacher, I found many, many ideas in this text that I can instantly implement. If you're looking for chart help, then definitely grab this book!
Melissa Jones
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actually 4.5. Numerous excellent tips and suggestions on how to effectively use charts to encourage independence is students. Many helpful tables and appendices. I love their blog as well and hope a second book is in the works. I would love to see a version for upper grades.
Angela
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great practical information on creating charts in the classroom.
Chelsea
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I do like how the author provided in text breaks which showed how the charts worked. The appendix is also very helpful.
Jennifer Brokofsky
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has me thinking more deeply about the use of Anchor Charts in the classroom. Lots of great tips and ideas.
Heather
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Practical and easy to use ideas for classroom charts in K-2. Answers many questions I had regarding charting.
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