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Old 05-04-2010, 08:31 PM
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Writing on & Wiping off of laminated sheets

I have a scotch thermal laminator and I buy the laminate pockets (mostly 5 mil, sometimes 3 mil) to make "boards" for various math games. I've been using dry erase fine point markers for my students so they can mark the board while playing and then erase for the next game. Overall .. it is staining the boards... and it's sort of difficult to wipe off. I was surprised to see this.. I just assumed it would wipe off like dry erase does on my marker board.

Is there a different kind of marker I can use so my kids don't need to spend 5 minutes and some serious elbow grease to get the games clean?

I thought I could just switch to glossy plastic sheet protectors.. but they are so flimsy.

Thoughts??
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:33 PM
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vis-a-vis marker will work but they'll have to spray it with water nd wipe it down
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:18 PM
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i use the vis-a-vis markers and baby wipes to clean them, i've also had kids use crayons before...you could always give them a once-over with nail polish remover every know and then--that really cleans them off
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:44 PM
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Can you just slide the laminated sheets in? Either trim or size them down on the copy machine?
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Old 05-04-2010, 10:01 PM
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i use overhead markers (like vis-a-vis) and when it doesn't wipe off easily with water, i use isopropyl alcohol wipes.
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:31 AM
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I use clorax wipes for my math boards...works well
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:39 AM
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You could also place 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of cardboard into the sheet protector and then slide the paper into it. This will make it sturdier.
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:47 AM
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I use laminated sheets for my timed math facts tests, and the kids use Expo dry erase markers. I've used the same sheets for 3 or 4 years now with no problems, especially if I clean them off promptly. I notice if I leave the marked sheets over a weekend, they are harder to clean, and I have to use nail polish remover to get all the dry erase pen off. Other than that, the Expo markers work really well for me.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:18 PM
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I agree with Oldfashioned.

I have the same laminator and I use Expo with my preschoolers. It works just fine.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:16 PM
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I used hand sanitizer on stains.
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