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Anchoring Activities. When: students have finished an assignment or project they first enter the class they are “stumped” and waiting for the teacher’s help. . What Is An Anchoring Activity?.

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what is an anchoring activity
When:

students have finished an assignment or project

they first enter the class

they are “stumped” and waiting for the teacher’s help.

What Is An Anchoring Activity?
  • Ongoing assignments that students can work on independently throughout a unit, a grading period, or longer.
purpose
Purpose
  • Provide ongoing tasks that tie to the content and instruction.
  • Provides the classroom teacher the time to work with other groups of students or individuals
examples
Create Bulletin Board about current topic

MAP Practice Packets

Learning Centers

Magazine Articles

Math Puzzles/Games

Research Projects

Commercial Kits

Write a skit or talk show about a current topic.

Learning Logs

Journal Entries

Activity Box

Silent Reading

Create a storyboard for a commercial

Examples
work best when
Work Best When:
  • Student expectations are clear.
  • Tasks are taught/practiced before use.
  • Students are accountable for on-task behavior and/or task completion.
characteristics
Characteristics
  • Instructional clarity
  • Based on performance indicators
  • Curriculum-based
  • Differentiated to meet the needs of each student
  • Engaging
benefits of anchoring activities
Benefits of Anchoring Activities
  • Maximizes instructional time
  • Facilitates Differentiation
  • Tailors activities to student needs
  • Connects to future learning
  • Creates tone of “Student as worker”
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Planning for Anchoring Activities

Subject/Content Area: ___________________

Name and description of anchor activity:

What is the rationale for using specific content?

How will students be grouped?

How will activity & process be introduced to students?

How will the activity be managed and monitored?

How will student work be graded?