Thursday, July 2, 2015

Personal Slates

Friends~So I have a HUGE and I mean HUGE collection of folders from past years.  I have been trying to figure out just what to do with them. I love saving money and paper in my classroom.  This is what I came up with.
1.Take one folder with prongs. 
2. Add one plastic sheet protector.  
3. Slide in a sheet of copy paper.
4. Add dry erase markers and that's it!
(I hot glued pom poms to the sides as erasers.  I never wanted to hot glue to the tops because then my students couldn't put the tops on the markers when they were working.  The sides work perfectly!)
 These babies have transformed my classroom.  My kiddos used tons of notebook paper and composition books in the past.  I was constantly drowning in PAPER!
With these slates, my students are able to respond to our classroom lessons easily and without excess paper.  
Plus: My students are crazy about them!
I have students that I have struggled to get to participate writing on their slates to answer questions during our lessons. WHAT?????????
They are portable so my kiddos take them everywhere! 

~They are so much easier than using a white board. They fit anywhere a folder does,  I can add things to the pockets to individualize them, and they work for any subject.  
~When I set up center work that requires a sheet for them to work on, I just copy it on card stock and the students slide it into their slate pouches!

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  1. I am a reading specialist and do reading interventions for K-6. I also use something similar. Mine are not in prong folders. I use cardstock so they are a little stiffer. On one side for my younger kids are sound boxes (Elkonin boxes ) and the other side is blank. Every so often I change out the cardstock to change up the color.

    1. You can also insert lined Handwriting Without Tears paper, or math templates.
      I agree these are WONDERFUL!
      We use a piece of dark felt as our erasers...flat to store...and dark so it hides the ugly marker wipes. :)