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  1. yarnwoman

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    so I am changing to 3rd grade and know that many teachers have students use small whiteboards. I don't want to go out and purchase these so I was trying to come up with a inexpensive(cheap) way to make these. Someone said make them with a laminator. I just tried with my personal laminator and it is hard to erase. ANy other ideas?
     
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    sheet protectors?
     
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    I got mine for a dollar each. It's really worth the investment.
     
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    I go to Home Depot and have them cut me a large whiteboard for $10. I get about 25-30 boards out of it.
     
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    Shower board works great if they erase right away. Sometimes I have a xerox of a base ten board or other graphic organizer. I will slip this into a sheet protector so each kid gets one. It's an easy way to use the graphic organizer over and over.
     
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    :yeahthat: My cooperating teacher did that. She had them cut it into 12 by 12 pieces and they were a really nice size! And then you can get a yard of fleece material from Walmart and cut it into little pieces for cheap but effective erasers! :)
     
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    I did the shower board thing 3 1/2 years ago and mine are still doing great. Though I need to get some new duck tape on the edges to cover up the random graffiti that's been added over the years. Will get a dark color this time to avoid it happening again!
     
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    I went to Target today and they had small white boards 4/$1. Really small. They are like a sentence strip with the lines for lower elementary. (You know, with the lines and the dotted line in the middle?) I bought them anyway. They are perfect for what I use them for.
     
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    I used cheap page protectors that I got 10 for $1. Put a bunch of white paper inside and you're good. I liked it, cause I could print out different sheets to put inside (like a Venn diagram, a place value sheet, etc.) It worked really well.
     
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    I just tried this and it works GREAT!!! I am totally excited now. As a single mom with two in college this year I need to really watch my pennies.
     
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    Personally, I would wait for the back-The whiteboard with Expo marker was really cheap at Walgreen's last year.
     
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    Target has lined ones in the dollar section right now.
     
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    I think that's the best thing for me, because I bought some for a dollar at dollar tree and my children wrote ugly words on them and tore the edging off.
     
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    I do this. If you want to go even cheaper (but not as durable) I've also seen teachers use plastic disposable plates.
     
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    Staples had them on sale this week for $1.
     
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    I did the Home Depot thing and they cut me a whole bunch for about $15. They're supposed to charge a few cents per cut, but if you say you're a teacher, sometimes they'll do it for free.

    I also use my kids old socks (when they get holes in the toe) for erasers. I wash them first and the students kinda like seeing all the colors emerge on them from all the white board markers. LOL
     
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    Yup, Solo brand plates! and an old baby sock for the eraser! We learned about this in a recycling inservice class!
     
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    Another alternative is to use a white binder with a clear vinyl (?) cover on it. I've also used laminated sheets but with watercolor markers or transparency markers. But this means they have to use wet paper towels to wash it off.
     
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    I put it on my kids' supply list, so they purchase it. But, it sounds like there are a lot of ways to invest in them in a non-expensive way. They are wonderful to have in class, and as another poster commented, well worth the investment.
     
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    It cost less than $15 for me to get a shower board cut into 12X12 squares. They normally charge a few cents per cut but I just told them I was a teacher and they waived the fee. I never had any problems with kids ruining the boards, but I went through white board markers like crazy, and those weren't cheap. I asked students to donate one marker a piece at the begining of the year on top of the markers I bought and the school provided, but I was down to about 4 dry erase markers at the end of the year.
     
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    I saw the ones Lynn K. is talking about. They're in the Dollar Spot. At the Target near my house, they had both lined and unlined ones.
     
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    I also have the shower board ones after hearing time and time again that our headmaster was buying them for us with no results. Of course 2 weeks after I bought mine...they magically appeared for everyone else :p Oh well...now I can take my own if I ever leave.

    The marker issue kills me...I put them on our supply list for this school year so we'll see how that works.
     
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    I bought mine at Dollar Tree 2 years ago. When I was in there yesterday, they had them again. I bought a bag of children's white socks to use as erasers.
     

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