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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Charts, charts, and more charts!

We chart a lot in my class.  It is a great way to document student thinking and it has really helped my class to take ownership of their learning and our space.  We chart everything from reading comprehension strategies to math facts and everything in between.  I was lucky enough to have a few amazing mentor teachers in my Credential Program.  They introduced me to Debbie Miller's Reading with Meaning and it has been an amazing tool for me. I was able to learn the art of charting from two wonderful first grade teachers. Things are a little different in third grade, but we LOVE to chart in my class!  Here are a few of our charts from this year.

"Charting holds thinking--it makes our thinking public and permanent, and traces our work together." - Debbie Miller, 2002

Schema Umbrella Chart

The Napping House Connections and Schema

Don't Need Friends Connections and Schema

My lil' Bucket Fillers!


Non-fiction Text Features (a Pinterest find!)

Plurals --> Changing y to ies

States of Matter

Caribou Schema

Parts of a Letter

MY NEW CARPET!!  (Just had to sneak it in...)

I think they like it!


  1. Dani,
    I am loving your blog! The pictures are so helpful and inspiring. A picture literally says a thousand words, so keep posting! Are you using FactsWise for basic facts? Did you know Dr. Henry started a blog?:

    1. Thank you, Adrienne! I am working on getting some more followers, but there is so much going on this year, that I decided it was time to document it all. Thanks for the tip on Val's blog. I am using the mult/div portion of FactsWise and my kids are doing great. I am actually centering my BTSA Inquiry around it and the incorporation of whole-class basic facts routines. Hope things are great with you!

  2. I love all these charts, and that carpet is amazing!! Glad I found your blog, I'm now following!

  3. Just found your blog! That carpet is so cool!

    Sara :)

    Smiling In Second Grade