This professional development opportunity will introduce Anchor Activities and provide resources for you to use in your planning and implementation.


An ANCHOR ACTIVITY is a strategy that allows students to work on an ongoing assignment directly related to the curriculum. Students are expected to work on the assignment throughout a unit or semester either when the teacher allocates time or when the student has completed in-class work. An anchor activity is a logical extension of learning and can provide an opportunity for students to dig deeper into concepts, apply skills, and think critically.


The purpose of an anchor activity is to provide meaningful work for students when they are not actively engaged in classroom activities.




One Teacher's Use of Anchor Activities



Information & Technology Essential Standards K-5


Weather Example




References
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Tomlinson, C. A. (2003). Fulfilling the promise of the differentiated classroom: strategies and tools for responsive teaching. Alexandria, Va.: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Tomlinson, C. A., & Imbeau, M. B. (2010). Leading and managing a differentiated classroom. Alexandria, Va.: ASCD.