Anchor Charts for Examining Systems

I wanted to share my adventures teaching K-2 grade students about systems at a homeschool cooperative.

Last week, students had the chance to look at simple systems: a pencil, marker, and crayon. We recorded observations to make the anchor chart you see below.

Each time students shared ideas with their partner, they laid down a poker chip to ensure equal participation. Then, I called on students at random to share what had been said in their duo.

Students really liked noticing patterns, which happened spontaneously and without prompting. I think maybe because all three drawings were crammed onto one poster board. 

Here is the design challenge I issued: Students took apart a pen and to make a new casing using design elements they observed on the pencil, marker, and pen.

The second anchor chart is for next week, to review the steps we took when examining systems.

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