Spring is here, so it means insect units are taking over science classes across the world! Anchor charts are used for nearly every subject and idea in the classroom, but we here at The Classroom Creative think that these classroom must-haves need a twist: they should be interactive.
My oldest son used the PECS system (a form of communication for autism) and all of his therapists and teachers over the years have used velcro to make the communication cards interactive. I think this concept carries over well into regular ed classrooms and homeschools. By making anchor charts interactive, it invites students to touch the words as opposed to static anchor charts that focus on visual and auditory modalities. The beauty of these insect cards is that they are digital, so if you lose a card, simply reprint them!
You could have students sort these cards by syllables, ABC order, color, etc. You could even take a focus word like “fly” and extend it by having your class list rhyming words. Students could also access these words for writing centers.
- poster board
- sharpie marker
- dot velcro
- insect word wall pack (I used the minicards)
- Freehand a mason jar on posterboard or enlarge our free printable mason jar template.
- Outline in Sharpie.
- Use a blue watercolor pencil to shade the jar.
- Using a damp brush, pull the color from the watercolor pencil.
- Cut the insect word wall cards.
- Adhere velcro to the back.
- Introduce the words slowly to your class as you begin your insect units!
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