It's no secret that I LOOOOVE a good anchor chart.

That's probably why I have an entire Pinterest board called "Anchor Chart Addiction."  It's definitely a legit problem!

Here's a look back at some of my favorite Math anchor charts we've made over the years.

Math Practices Charts

I use the Standards for Math Practices as our goals for each week in math.  You can read about that routine in detail here. When we introduce it we start the anchor chart and then add to the anchor charts throughout the year as we learn more and understand more about that math practice standard.

Here are a few examples from most of our standards for math practice using our old chart printouts! #throwbackpics Find the updated charts here!






Number Sense Charts

In addition to our Standards for Math Practices charts, sometimes we need specific charts to help us understand a bigger number understanding in math!

Our fractions chart from when we discovered how to equally divide shapes. Read more about the activity with this chart here.

When we learned about relationships between numbers and equations, we learned about related facts with this fun jingle that we charted together.  Read about that activity in detail here.

One of my all-time favorite math charts is one of the simplest too!  When my kids discover commutative property during math talks or our math wall time, we chart it.

I'm a big believer in calling a spade a spade.  So, equations that use the commutative property are not "flip flop facts," because that's not what real mathematician's call it.  They call it commutative property.  And so do my first graders! #steppingoffsoapbox

BUT, I love using the flip flop as a visual anchor chart reminder of what the commutative property is!

During our Counting Collections routine (read more here), we chart our expectations for building number sense during this weekly time.

Math Skills Charts

While about 80-90% of my yearly math instruction is spent on building number sense and algebraic thinking, we do spend some time on math skills too!

But since we don't spend much time with them, we need fabulous charts to help these skills stick!  Here are a few of my favorites!

When we work on our data investigations, we use this chart throughout that week to add to our ideas about what data displays need.  Read about that engaging investigation here.

We did a similar investigation on measurement using these digital math talks slides on measurement.

And more measurement with our pumpkin investigation.  Can you tell I like to make anchor charts into shapes! #easytofind

And, of course, our clock investigations and crafts which you can read more about here!
We just finished our healing unit in preschool Sunday School.  And my littles had a BLAST learning about God's healing power!  Here's an overview of this engaging unit.

Healing Exploration Stations

For each bible unit, we have exploration stations for the first 10-15 minutes of our Sunday School class.  Kids can choose which station to go to.  (You can read more about that here.)

Our "hospital" dress up station was a HUGE hit this time and stayed crowded each Sunday!

Healing Bible Stories

After our exploration stations time, we come to our carpet circle and read our Bible story.  I use these readers available in my healing unit to read the story.  I add details during the story too, since this is set up as a "reader."  Then, this story goes in our book nook for the kids to read during stations.

The Bible stories and readers included in this healing unit are: The Blind Man, The Deaf and Mute Man, The Paralyzed Man, Jarius' Daughter and the Bleeding Woman, and Lazarus.

After Bible time, we pray while we are still in our circle.  We used this healing unit to talk about the power of laying our hands on our friends and praying for them! #socute #bestillmyteacherheart

Table Time

After prayer time, we go to our kidney table and color.  I play a song that goes along with our unit and we sing and color!  The song we used for this unit was, "Is Anything Too Hard?"  My little loved this one!

When we colored Lazarus, I even had friends who added green "stinky fume" lines! :)

Healing Games for Preschoolers

After our coloring time, we play a game or do a craft that goes with our lesson.  This doesn't always work out for every single lesson, but for our healing unit, we had a game for almost each week!

When we learned about the blind man, we played Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
 

We we learned about the friends helping the paralyzed man get to Jesus, we used our creativity to find ways to get our "paralzyed" friend to "Jesus" too!

And our favorite...we wrapped our own Lazarus people and told them to "come forth" to be healed.

When we learned about Jarius' and the woman's faith to be healed, we made a healing craft by telling what we had faith that Jesus could heal on us.  **NOTE: we used washi tape for bandaids because my regular size bandaids were too big.  The mini bandaids would work great though!**

Line Up!

At the end of Sunday School, I walk our kids to children's church.  Each week, the line leader gets to choose how we walk (like soldiers, etc...)  But during our healing unit, I choose how we walked based on our lesson.

Any guesses which week this was?

Yep, we were the blind leading the blind! LOL!

So many fun things to do with this unit to engage littles in learning about our foundational healing doctrine!  You can find the lesson plans and materials for this unit here or get 2 years of units here!
I love having activities to do with our Bible stories to help reinforce the story with my preschoolers.  Our parables unit is the perfect example for this.  So here's a quick look at some of the parables we learn about in this unit and the activities we do after our Bible time to reinforce those parables.

The Lost Sheep & Coin

These parables and the parable of the prodigal son are all very similar.  So, we had similar activities for these.

For the lost sheep, I printed off these sheep cards and "hid" them around the room while the kid-shepherds were "sleeping." :)  Then, I "woke up" the shepherds and they went looking for the lost sheep!

When we learned about the Lost Coin the next week, we did the same activity, but I hid 10 pennies that time!

The Farmer Sows His Seed

For this parable, we planted our own seeds!  Note: there is an experiment handout for older kids, but we did not use this for my preschoolers...we just talked about it!

We tested out planting seeds on the road, the rocks, among the thorns and in the good soil--just like the farmer did in Jesus' story!

Then, each of our kiddos planted their own seeds in dirt....{thanks to overwatering they didn't quite survive, but...:(}

We also had a seed sort during our exploration stations time to go along with this parable!

The Wiseman and the Foolish Man

This was our final parable for this unit!  During the unit, the kids worked at our block station during exploration time to build strong houses.  But on the day we talked about this parable, I set up stations with different kinds of blocks.  Two boys worked at each station--it was an all boys day!! :)

Their goal was to work together to build the strongest house to hold a hardback Bible on top!  I gave them just 2-3 minutes to *wisely* build their structure.

Then we watched as each team tested the strength of their structures!

You can find ideas and materials for these activities, plus detailed plans for this parable unit here!

One of my favorite mini-units to do after testing is Arkansas History.  In fact, I've even done this the week of testing because so many of the activities are just coloring and cutting and gluing--which are great to spread out and do on the floor after a full morning of sitting quietly in a desk filling in bubbles. ***rolling eyes***

In Arkansas, we can get FREE coloring books with our state symbols in them.  After a morning of testing, we grab our crayons and find a friend to color with and spread out on the floor to color!  No, it's not super academic, but it's mindless and just what my firsties need after an exhausting morning of testing.

The other thing I love about it is it gives me time to pull small groups.  Here's a look at how we use this mini-unit during testing week to learn about Natural Resources in Arkansas!

For my first graders, natural resource is not a new term by the time we are learning about it with Arkansas History.  Our third content unit is all about economics.  So, now we are just focusing on the natural resources in our state.

First, we read through our Arkansas, Arkansas, What Do You See digital booklet. (The powerpoint shared reading file comes with the unit.)  We talk about the natural resources and symbols as we read.

Then, students color in their state symbols book.

Or, they can work on their Arkansas, Arkansas, What Do You See booklets. For this option, we do 1-2 symbols a day to write and color on.  The writing can be as simple as copying a sentence you write together.
 

While they are working, I pull a small group to glue their natural resources on their map.  Yes, this can be done as a whole group, but after testing, it just seems like this works better for exhausted littles!


These make great hallway displays at the end of the year, too!  You can find this activity and many more in this Arkansas Unit for K-2 kiddos!

Want to see more of this unit in action?

Read about our state flag craftivity and map puzzles here.  And find all of the Me On the Map actiivties here.
I love giving my kids a gift at the end of the year.  This especially worked well when we had our end of the year awards party! (Read about those parties here and here.)

One of the reasons why I love giving them so much is that I love the challenge of finding something memorable, fun, but on a budget!  After all, who here can afford to spend tons of spare cash on 25 littles?? #notme

Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for kids at the end of the year that won't break your cheap teacher bank! (And many are great for birthday favors or small random teacher gifts too!)
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Rootbeer

This was one of my end of the year gifts the year we had a western themed awards party.  I just used rafia to tie the tag around the Root Beer bottle.  So cute and easy!  This one would also be perfect for a Root Beer loving teacher during teacher appreciation week! Find the tags HERE!

Krazy Straws

I actually used this one for Valentine gifts for my son's friends one year, but they work perfectly for the end of the year too!  I bought a bag of krazy straws for super cheap.  Then, we threaded them through the tag and they were ready to go!  Find these tags for all occasions HERE!  And krazy straws are super cheap too.  Find those HERE.

Leis

The year we had a Luau awards party, I gave leis as gifts!  The kids LOVED these!  Since then, I've updated these tags and you can grab them HERE!  Find packs of leis for cheap HERE.

Sunglasses

Our summer countdown elf brought these one year as one of "his" gifts.  The kids opened them and wore them all day long as we worked.  It was a huge hit with the kids and helped keep learning fun those last few days before summer break!  Find these versatile tags HERE.  And get a dozen sunglasses for super cheap HERE.

What are your favorite class gifts for summer?
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