Smarter Charts K-2: Optimizing an Instructional Staple to Create Independent Readers and Writers

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Walk into a Best Practice classroom and what do you see? A great teacher, curious kids, and walls filled with thoughtful, useful, and attractive charts, co-created by everyone in the room. These handmade charts are not a decoration or a nice idea---they are a necessity, helping kids take increasing responsibility for their own thinking. Mraz and Martinelli have charted the way, helping us to see the value in these often unrecognized learning tools and showing us how to make great ones with our kids.
--Harvey Daniels, coauthor of Best Practice

Through lesson transcripts, amazing visual support, and down-to-earth, real-life examples, Marjorie and Kristi show us that the main work around classroom charts is not what's ON the chart, but rather what's INSIDE the chart. They use language development and brain research, as well as what they know about best practices for teaching to help us see that charts serve much bigger purposes than room enhancement or public records of our teaching. They help us chart a new course for charting that is student-centered, research-based, and aesthetically pleasing. - --Kathy Collins, author of Growing Readers

Through lesson transcripts, amazing visual support, and down-to-earth, real-life examples, Marjorie and Kristi show us that the main work around classroom charts is not what's ON the chart, but rather what's INSIDE the chart. They use language development and brain research, as well as what they know about best practices for teaching to help us see that charts serve much bigger purposes than room enhancement or public records of our teaching. They help us chart a new course for charting that is student-centered, research-based, and aesthetically pleasing. --Kathy Collins, author of Growing Readers

About the Author

Marjorie Martinelli is coauthor - with Kristine Mraz - of Smarter Charts and the new Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Their popular blog chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support. Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums! While in schools as consultants with the Reading and Writing Project, the teachers they've worked with have begged them to write a how-to book about the amazing charts they introduce to consulting classrooms. Smarter Charts was that guide, and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies extends that work across the teaching day. She is a staff developer at the Reading and Writing Project where for the past ten years she has lead numerous leadership groups and presented at many national and international educational conferences. Prior to joining the Reading and Writing Project, Marjorie was a New York City public school teacher, a teacher-researcher, and an adjunct teacher at Bank Street College of Education. She has an MA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University and is a contributing author to Lucy Calkins' Units of Study for Teaching Writing. She is also the author of two Brain Quest Math decks for first and second grade. Marjorie lives in Greenwich Village with her husband Tom, where they raised two daughters, Katherine and Christina. Listen to an interview with Marjorie and Kristi, the Chartchums, on Education Talk Radio.

Kristine Mraz is coauthor - with Marjorie Martinelli - of Smarter Charts and the new Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Their popular blog chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support. Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums! While in schools as consultants with the Reading and Writing Project, the teachers they've worked with have begged them to write a how-to book about the amazing charts they introduce to consulting classrooms. Smarter Charts was that guide, and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies extends that work across the teaching day. As a staff developer for the Reading and Writing Project, Kristi works with primary teachers across New York City and the United States, and in schools as distant as Taiwan. In addition to providing in-classroom support around the teaching of reading and writing, she has presented at conferences and institutes across the nation. Before joining the Project, Kristine was a classroom teacher in Boston, Washington DC, and New York City. She has taught across the primary grades and holds a special place in her heart for engaging in social action with young students. When she is not working alongside adults and children, Kristine is reading and doodling. Listen to an interview with Marjorie and Kristi, the Chartchums, on Education Talk Radio.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325043426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325043425
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erlyne on September 23, 2012
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This book is an easy-to-read resource with practical tips for effectively creating classroom charts. The authors also write an informative blog that further supports their work in this book. I'd recommend it for a book study or a gift for a student teacher.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Lehman on September 18, 2012
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I never realized I needed help with my charts, until I met Kristi and Marjorie. I can step into a classroom and I just know who has been to one of their workshops, worked with them as staff developers, who reads their blog regularly, and now - (and I'm so happy for this) who has read their book. Kristi and Marjorie bring their humor, creativity, and love of children and learning to every page of this amazing resource. Charts just seemed like paper to scribble some teaching points on, now I will never look at charts the same way again. (P.S. The book may say K-2, but don't tell anyone I work with older than that kids... because I am borrowing every great idea for them)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan Braverman on September 23, 2012
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As a writing coach for my elementary school, I started using this book the day it arrived. My charts are now more interactive and the students are really using them. I only wish I had more wall space in my classrooms!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Serravallo on August 22, 2013
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If a teacher wants students to be independent (and we all do, right?) then classroom charts and tools that equip kids to make their own choices and remain self-directed are essential. But some of us can't draw. No worries! Kristi and Marjorie teach us how to use symbols and quick drawings to communicate ideas to even the youngest, emergent readers. But some of us are overly wordy. No worries! Kristi and Marjorie teach us how to distill our most important points on a clear chart. But sometimes our kids don't use our charts. No worries! Again, the authors have us covered with practical and clear ways to co-create these learning staples with students and teach them how to use them well. This book is packed with great advice, clear visuals (of course!), and a bunch of humor. You'll enjoy reading this professional book and enjoy even more putting the authors' ideas into practice.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tall mom on August 26, 2013
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I would have liked to see many samples , photos of real charts used in real classrooms. It is a basic book of how to and I'm a more show me style learner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Howard on September 23, 2012
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Finally - a practical "smart" resource that will help teachers create powerful visual references to support and enhance learning (not just cover wall space). The authors offer an endless array of step by step suggestions, tips and examples teachers can put into practice immediately to enrich their classrooms. The title specifies grades K-2, but I can see this resource being used at all grades with simple adaptations and additions. I hope there are many more books to follow across grades and content areas! I will be recommending it to teachers everywhere!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debra Sue Thibault on April 10, 2013
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Not as much in here as I had hoped! :More philosophy than easy to use materials. Maybe good for a brand new teacher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margo A. Greenberg on December 1, 2012
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Hi Teachers,
I like Mraz and Martinelli’s book so much because it makes the writing process crystal clear for students, especially ELLs. The authors' quick gestural drawings speak volumes to all students. This book is a great scaffold for struggling writers.
“Smarter Charts” is almost so clear it looks simple, but actually takes the writers through the entire process from prewriting to publishing, and doing it again! Also, this book doesn't just give you a scripted recipe to follow everyday, it gives you the tools to cook in the kitchen by supporting the independent thinking it preaches. Teachers learn how to make clear headings, bullet points, and simple and effective drawings, just like advertisers.
I highly recommend this book to all teachers who have students who struggle with writing and independence in writing, especially ELLs.
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