Do you use anchor charts in your kindergarten classroom? Do you love them as much as I do? Then you are going to love these 60+ Must Make Kindergarten Anchor Charts!
Ultimate List of Kindergarten Anchor Charts - kindergartenchaos.com

Why anchor charts in Kindergarten?

Being a kindergarten teacher, I use anchor charts almost every day and for just about every standard and topic. Using pictures or clip art to show your objective or practice a concept, gives the students a visual that is paramount to little learners. Now you also have a resource your kiddos can visually review , thus reinforcing the concept many times over. Anchor charts help to ‘anchor’ the students learning.

One rule I always try to follow is: always make the anchor chart in FRONT of and with my students. Sometimes I start with a simple drawing or outline but I try to never ‘introduce’ an anchor chart that I have pre-made. The reasoning behind this is that it means less to the students if I do all the work. I try to make my anchor charts as interactive as possible. Sometimes I am writing/drawing the information they are giving me, and sometimes they are actually adding to the chart themselves. (You can see examples of this in many of the pictures below.) I have been faithfully integrating and using anchor charts in my classroom and it has made a huge difference in my teaching and, I believe, my students’ learning.

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Where do you put these completed anchor charts?

So glad you asked! I have a couple of focus walls in my classroom where I hang them. You can use a bulletin board, empty wall, or hang from the ceiling. Be creative because the point is to have these charts available for review and reinforcement for your students.

Focus Anchor Chart Wall in kindergartenchaos.com

Here is a handy, dandy Anchor Chart Holder I have made for my many anchor charts. See Blog Post “Classroom Management Anchor Charts” for instructions.

DIY Anchor Chart Holder
Writing Between the Lines Anchor Chart with Anchor Chart Holders

Using a classroom clothesline to hang all of my alphabet letter anchor charts across the classroom, is a creative and useful way to both utilize the vertical space above our heads, and make these charts visible to all. I hung all 26 letters and I can’t believe how much my students used each and every one of the charts. They used them for spelling and for checking their sounds. This is a MUST for every classroom.

Classroom Anchor Chart Clothesline

This is what my classroom looked like with my alphabet anchor charts hung across the room with the clothesline.

Letter Anchor Chart with Beginning Sound Pictures

These particular Sharpie Chart Markers are a must for teachers who use anchor charts.

Sharpie Chart Markers

Do I keep every anchor chart? No. The theme-based charts are kept for 1-2 weeks after we have completed the theme. All of the standards based anchor charts, I do keep for the year and some, I save for the next year. The ones I want to save and use over and over, I laminate. Then, I punch holes in the top, put book rings through the holes, and hang them up on a rod in my writing center. This makes it so my students can still access the information, if they need it.

I have created this huge round-up of Kindergarten Anchor Charts that you might want to include in your routines and curriculum this next year. I have also organized them into general categories, for easier searching!

Rules & Procedures

The following anchor charts are ones we create together during the first week of school. It covers the proper and improper use of supplies in the classroom, as well as a few rules for expected behaviors.

How To Use Kindergarten Supplies Anchor Charts
Coloring Anchor Chart
Using Pencils Anchor Chart
Using Crayons Anchor Chart
Using Scissors Anchor Chart
Using Glue Sticks Anchor Chart
Dot to Dot Anchor Chart

See Blog Post “Classroom Management Anchor Charts“.

Literacy Anchor Charts

These next anchor charts fall into the literacy category and cover a wide range of skills.

Alphabet Letter Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com

Together our class creates an anchor chart for each individual letter. I usually draw with a black sharpie while I am making the chart with my students. Later, I go back and color it in and add details.

Don’t feel confident in your drawing skills…then try using these amazing alphabet picture cards. You can use these when introducing each letter and then you can glue them onto the anchor chart.

Writing Between the Lines Anchor Chart with Anchor Chart Holders

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Beginning Labeling Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
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Beginning Kindergarten Writing Anchor Charts
Teaching Kindergartners to Write - Drawing the Setting of a Picture
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Kindergarten Punctuation Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
King of ING Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Rhyming Anchor Chart
'SH' Digraph Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com

Math Anchor Charts

I know that there are plenty more math anchor charts, but I have only posted a few of the main ones. Feel free to send me pictures or links to the ones that you have made!

Sorting anchor chart - kindergarten chaos
Counting Strategies Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
All About Number 4 Anchor Chart

We make an All About ____ Number anchor chart, for every number 0-20. This really gives them an understanding of the number and how different fonts can change how the number looks.

All About Numbers Anchor Charts - kindergartenchaos.com
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These 2 addition and subtraction anchor charts are huge favorites of mine!! Every time I introduce a strategy for that skill, we add it to the anchor chart. Go to “15+ Fun and Free Ideas for Teaching Subtraction” for more ideas.

Subtraction Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com

Anchor Charts that Go Along with Teaching Themes

The following anchor charts are ones that go with the theme or topic we are learning about in class. Stop making boring KWL and make them interactive anchor charts!!!

KWL Apple Anchor Chart
Apple Class Graph Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
KWL All About Pumpkins Interactive Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Label a Pumpkin Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Pumpkin Sink or Float Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Pumpkin Height Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Penguin Facts Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Weather Bubble Map Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
KWL Butterfly Words Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Butterfly Writing Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Canned Food Drive Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com

Daily 5 Anchor Charts

I use the Daily 5 model in my class, so I have included a few of the anchor charts we have made and use in my class. These are part of my rules and expectations.

3 Ways to Read a Book - Daily 5 Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Read to Self Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com
Daily 5 Stamina Anchor Chart - kindergartenchaos.com

Well, well, well…that is a LOT of anchor charts!! I know that there are tons out there, but putting all of these together in this post took long enough! Looking for more? Then check out my Kinder Anchor Charts Pinterest Board !! It has ONLY anchor charts that I would consider using in my kindergarten class. Why do I say that? Because there are tons of anchor charts out there, but many are too wordy and won’t work for mostly non-reading kindergartners. We need pictures and color and interaction!!

Hope you are enjoying my 31 Days of Kindergarten Series!!

31 Days of Kindergarten - kindergartenchaos

35 Responses

  1. I use anchor charts when introducing numbers and The Daily 5. A lot of these charts stay up all year.

  2. You are a Great artist. I wish I could draw pictures like you . That would be my problem with anchor charts.

  3. i love this collection! just perfect! first, second, and third graders could use so many of these charts as well! love love love!! ❤️

  4. This is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas. This is my third year in K and I think some of your charts will really help me help my class.

  5. Amazing !! I will be back in Kindergarten after teaching Pre-K for5 years. I am excited, but nervous and want to make this an incredible year for my students. Thank you for the Anchor Charts- well done, colorful, relevant…. Thank you,Thank you, Thank you….

  6. Is the writing between the lines page available blank, I love that page and it would really help while introducing letters.

    1. I created that on a piece of poster board and poster board markers. It’s large, so all the students can see during a whole-group lesson. Are you wanting like a regular 8.5×11 sheet with blank writing lines?

    1. Awesome! So happy to hear. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! 🙂 Have a wonderful first year!

  7. Where is the best place to get chart paper? What’s a good price? Seems like I’ll be using a ton of it! Thank you so much for these ideas!

  8. Just saw these anchor charts now (first year teaching K after 20 years of middle school and 4-5 multiage. I can’t even tell you enough how helpful these are to me. If you have any others, I’d LOVE to see them!!! Thank you SO much!

    1. I share tons on my Instagram page, @kindergarten_chaos. I hope to share more on my blog, but it’s hard finding the time! Thank you for leaving a comment!

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