Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies by Kristine Mraz, Marjorie Martinelli. Making Learning Visible in the Content Areas
Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies
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Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies

Making Learning Visible in the Content Areas

Learn how to make learning visible with truly effective content-area charts that support student engagement and independence. You’ll turn complex ideas into kid-friendly visuals, help children internalize content processes, and even increase your instructional time.

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  • Problems with the charts in your math kit?
  • Want to discover the science of content-area charts?
  • Wish you could make pre-fab social studies charts history?

Then you’re ready for Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies!

In the original Smarter Charts, Marjorie Martinelli and Kristi Mraz helped you turn classroom literacy charts into teaching powerhouses. Now they show how to turn up the instructional energy on content-area charts, too.

“No matter what area of the curriculum, clear visuals, simple language, and constant reflection on charts are key to helping children gain independence and agency.”

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or a subject-matter expert. In Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies, Marjorie and Kristi share how they learned to make truly effective content-area charts with students. You’ll turn complex ideas into kid-friendly visuals, help children internalize content processes, and even increase your instructional time.

“The more we charted, the less repeating we did and the more teaching was possible.”

With dozens of examples from the content areas, including full-color photographs, the Chartchums reveal step by step how to create charts that show Routines, Genres and Concepts, Processes, Repertoires of Strategies, and Exemplars. Then their “Charts in Action” sections show how each type of chart builds engagement and improves independence as it gradually releases responsibility to learners.

Don’t be content with content-area charts made by someone else for generic students. Turn to Marjorie and Kristi for charts that make learning visible for the students in front of you, no matter what the subject.

Check out these videos from the authors!
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Contents

ROUTINE CHARTS: Supporting the Engagement Necessary for Independent Functioning Charts in Action: Teaching the Whole Class an Efficient Way to Get Ready for Math Workshop Routine Charts Across the Content Areas:

  • Social Studies Focus: Building and Caring for a Classroom Community
  • Math Focus: Playing Math Games
  • Science Focus: Setting Materials Up for a Particular Procedure
  • Common Core Connections
  • Other Curricular Areas

GENRE AND CONCEPT CHARTS: Charts That Teach Beyond “Just the Facts” Charts in Action: Teaching a Small Group of Children to Use a Concept Chart for Topic-Specific Vocabulary Genre/Concept Charts Across the Content Areas:

  • Science Focus: Parts of a Plant
  • Math Focus: Geometric Shapes
  • Social Studies Focus: Understanding and Asking Questions
  • Other Curricular Areas

PROCESS CHARTS: Every Strategy Has a Process Attached to It Charts in Action: Supporting Small Groups as They Observe and Record in Science Process Charts Across the Content Areas:

  • Social Studies Focus: Comparing and Contrasting Two Photos
  • Science Focus: A Scientific Method
  • Math Focus: Double-Digit Addition
  • Other Curricular Areas

REPERTOIRE CHARTS: Decision Making and Strategic Thinking Charts in Action: Using a Repertoire Chart to Make a Thoughtful Decision Repertoire Charts Across the Content Areas:

  • Social Studies Focus: Places to Get More Information When Researching
  • Science Focus: Ways to Study Photographs
  • Math Focus: Counting Strategies
  • Other Curricular Areas

EXEMPLAR CHARTS: Bringing It Back to the Big Picture Charts in Action: Using an Exemplar When Writing a Lab Report in Science Exemplar Charts Across the Content Areas:

  • Social Studies Focus: Observing a Photograph and Naming Expectations in a Community of Respect
  • Science Focus: Revising a Theory When You Get More Information
  • Math Focus: Writing an Explanation for Solving a Word Problem
  • Other Curricular Areas

Appendices

  1. Unit Planning with Charts in Mind
  2. A Field Guide to Content Charts
  3. Helpful Resources (Books, Apps, Websites, and Blogs)

Samples

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PD Resources From Kristine Mraz

Speakers

Workshops

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Marjorie Martinelli directly about professional development support.