DIY Dry Erase or Wet Erase Pockets

ImageI despise wasted paper.  It’s bad enough that many teachers just shove worksheets at kids these days, but seeing all the papers in the trash every day after students exit the classroom makes me think that we could probably be doing some things better!  So…I set out to find something to help cut down on wasted paper.

I found this on PInterest, I must admit, but I felt it was too neat to keep to myself.  These dry erase pockets are super cute and easy to make.  All you need is some duct tape and page protectors.  Just line 3 edges with the duct tape, and you have yourself some neat dry erase pockets to use with your lessons.

How could I use these?

1. Instead of running multiple class sets of a reading passage, allow students to use a Visa-Vis or dry erase marker to underline evidence in the story.  When they are finished, it can be easily erased for the next class.

2. Use these pockets in centers when students are rotating through.  Instead of having to run a whole class set, you can run just enough for the amount of students in the group.  They can erase before switching to the next group.

3. If you make a whole class set, these can be used to cover science papers when in the science lab or while doing experiments.  Many times their papers end up in the middle of the experiment, so by using these, there may be fewer accidents and fewer requests for a new paper!

4. Slide a nonfiction text into the pocket and label the text features.  This could be used as a display with a real book, instead of listing out on a chart.

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Homeworkopoly Cards

Homeworkopoly Cards

Click here to access the file download to the Homeworkopoly cards.

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Homeworkopoly Gameboard

Homeworkopoly Gameboard

Click on the link above to access the link to the file download to the Homeworkopoly gameboard.

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HOMEWORKOPOLY

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This is the game board as it looks in my classroom. It has been loved by my students and has some holes here and there and numbers written all over it, but this is the REAL DEAL!

Homework.  That eight letter word that students HATE!  That word that forces teachers to give countless speeches on responsibility.  That word that causes frustration on many levels when it isn’t completed.

Even though homework isn’t always fun, it is a necessary evil.  Students need to practice what they are learning in school in order to help them retain the information for the long term.

As I was browsing Pinterest, I came across “The Ladybug’s Teacher Files” and fell in love with an idea she had about a game called Homeworkopoly.  I quickly printed the pieces, laminated them, and put them together on my board.  The looks on the students’ faces were priceless as they slowly began to notice this new game that had mysteriously appeared in the back of the classroom.

The Rules:  Turn in homework all week and you get a chance to roll once to move around the board.  Students will write their assigned classroom number with a dry erase marker on the space where they land.  If a student lands on a Question Card or Computer Card, he/she will draw a card from the center of the board and receive the prize which is on the back of the card.

The results: I saw a significant increase in the amount of homework that was turned in each day, and the students who would only complete homework once or twice a week began to turn it in daily.  And, of course, they all had fun rolling the dice and crossing their fingers, hoping to land on a space and get a surprise reward.

I didn’t think that such a simple implementation would bring such desirable results.  The students have truly enjoyed their homework a little more due to this simple little game.

Click here to access the game board file –> Homeworkopoly Game Board

Click here to access the cards –> Homeworkopoly Cards

**You can also find 120 FREE rewards to give to students in the archives.**

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Come on in

I found it fitting to open up my blog with an open door.  No, not the “open door” policy, but my classroom door that greets my students and colleagues each time they enter and exit the room.  I wanted my students, parents, coworkers, administrators, and everyone that I work with to know that I truly love my job and that all of these people help mold me into the person that I am.

This door has become quite the conversation piece for me over the past semester.  I’ve heard all sorts of comments, from “Wow!  That’s so awesome!” to “The students are the reason I want to go home!”  All that matters to me is that it sends a message to everyone, letting them know that my door IS always open and that I appreciate ALL who enter.

So, today, April 15 (hope you did your taxes!), I invite you to come inside that door and learn and grow with us.  I’m excited to see what each new day will bring!

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