We’re in Love With These 23 Fantastic 2nd Grade Anchor Charts

Our favorites for math, language arts, and beyond.


We searched high and low to find some of the best 2nd grade anchor charts for your classroom. Here are our top picks. If you have a favorite we missed, be sure to include the link in the comments. We’d love to keep this list growing!

1. Number Place Value

Source: Teaching With a Mountain View

This 2nd grade anchor chart really helps kids visualize place value when it is written out in all the following ways. This way, children can see exactly where the number falls when talking about ones, tens, hundreds, etc.


2. Telling Time AM & PM

Telling time can sometimes confuse kids…what is the difference between AM & PM? Why does 3:00 happen twice a day? This chart will show kids just why and how we break down a 24-hour period.



3. Telling Time with a Clock

Source: My Classroom Ideas

When starting to learn how to tell time using a clock, this anchor chart will help kids see how to count to get an accurate time. Place this by your classroom clock and kids will get it right every time.


4. Cause & Effect

Source: Second Grade Superheroes

In learning, there is almost always a cause and an effect. The rain makes the garden grow; the helpful kids make a teacher smile. This anchor chart will allow kids to see cause and effect while reading.


5. Land Forms

Source: Teacherific in 2nd Grade

This colorful and well-made anchor chart shows what makes a land form so that kids can get a picture of their differences.


6. Multiplication Aide

Multiplying can confuse 2nd graders, but this chart shows them four different ways to arrange numbers so multiplying is a breeze.


7. Addition and Subtraction Clues

Source: Smartsy and Artsy

It’s easy to confuse the two, but when we listen for the right words, it makes figuring out whether to add or subtract really easy. These charts are great for giving clues for kids.


8. Compare and Contrast using a Venn Diagram

Source: 2nd Grade Smarty-Arties

Introduce kids to Venn Diagrams in a simple comparison between a boy and girl. They can use this type of diagram in many different compare-contrast situations.


9. A Good Reader…

Source: Ms. Third Grade

This is a great chart to put in your classroom library or reading nook. It’ll help readers of all levels better understand the story and pay attention to details.


10. Plant Basics

Source: 2nd Grade Ponderings

If you’re planning a plant unit this year, this is a great visual for the kids to see all of the different parts of the plant and what they do.


11. Homophones

Source: Teaching with Terhune

When introducing a confusing word such as “homophones” help kids see that it is just a big word for something simple. Use an easy example to show it. For example, sale/sail or blew/blue.


12. Teaching Contractions

Source: Teaching with Terhune

This anchor chart shows a few common examples of contractions and how two words combined make a contraction.


13. Writing Ideas

Source: Teaching with Terhune

Even second graders can get writers block. If kids have no clue what to write about, show them this chart to get them started on the “write” path.


14. Substitute Teacher Rules

Source: Teaching with Terhune

If you’ve wondered how your students act when a different teacher is in the room, this chart will outline rules that apply if kids question. Your sub will appreciate it too!


15. Tools for Measuring

Source: Mrs. Braun’s 2nd Grade Class

When working on measuring in the classroom, have the kids use all of these different tools of measurement. Then display this chart so they can figure out which tool to use when they need to.


16. Verb Fun

Source: Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons

This is a fun one to do as a classroom activity. Have the students list as many verbs as they can and put them on a chart. We love the creative verbs on this chart.


17. Money Refresher

Source: A Day in First Grade

If you’re on a money unit and you need a refresher chart for your kids, this is a great way to display the value each cent has and how it compares to the other coins.


18. When is it OK to Interrupt?

Source: Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd Grade

Tired of interruptions? Give your kids a chart on when it is OK to interrupt. Insert your favorite celebrity or author if you feel LeBron James isn’t worthy of an interruption.


19. Poetry “Rules”

Source: A Literate Life

Poetry often has its own set of rules. When introducing poetry to your students, have them come up with a list of things that they notice when reading poetry.


20. Property of Zero

Source: Step into 2nd Grade

This is an easy concept to learn, but it makes it even more fun when made into a chart in the shape of a zero. Kids will always remember this rule with this in the classroom.


21. Property of One

Source: Step into 2nd Grade

Another simple way to remember the rule when multiplying anything by one. Kids will have an easy time remembering this rule, too.


22. Helping Out with Division

Source: Step into 2nd Grade

When introducing division, it’s always helpful to give something a fun personality, such as Division Dan.


23. Filling Buckets

Source: Crafting Connections

And finally, if your classroom is in need of some cooperation and caring, try a bucket filling chart that will show kids what makes a classroom work in a positive light.