It’s the classroom staple that seems to be on everyone’s school supply list these days—Expo® dry erase markers. Not only are they a must-have for classroom whiteboards, but they also make great interactive learning tools for students of all ages and can be incorporated into hundreds of classroom activities. (Not to mention dry erase activities save a TON of paper).
Check out our 10 favorite ways to use dry erase markers, and you’ll see why they continue to be one of the most coveted items in the classroom!
1.Go ahead, write on your desk. While dry erase boards are great, there’s something about writing on your DESK with an Expo Dry Erase Marker that will get kids super excited about any lesson. Desk writing can be used for anything from multiplication facts, vocabulary review, spelling, and more. (You can also use this idea to write encouraging messages for your students on the day of a big test!)
Try Expo Dry Erase Markers with Erasers to make it easy for kids to wipe away mistakes, or if your markers don’t have erasers, have students bring in an old sock–or simply hot glue a pom-pom to the top of each marker!
2. Window Whiteboard. Looking for a place to post homework assignments?
If you have a window, you have an extra whiteboard! Expo Dry Erase Markers are great for writing on glass surfaces, and if you have glass paneled cabinets, those work too. Simply tape white paper behind the glass if you need to make words stand out more, and erase as you would your regular whiteboard. Voila! Add some pops of color with Expo Neon Window Markers.
3. Erasable board game. The secret behind teaching sight words is to make review activities fun, and
this is an awesome sight word game to add to any activity center. To create the game, use dry erase dice and customize them with 6 different sight words, then create the game board to go along with it. The best part is that words can be easily erased and replaced with new ones as the year progresses!
4. Erase the Word Game. This game is perfect when you need to make use of those last 10 minutes of class time before the bell rings. Simply divide students into two teams and form two lines leading to the whiteboard. Write two columns of vocabulary words and have each student read (or define) each word. If they get it right, they erase the word, and the first team to erase all of their words wins.
Use Expo’s Ink Indicator Dry Erase Marker so you know your marker won’t run out mid-game (that’s right, this marker actually lets you SEE how much ink is left in your marker—it’s a serious game changer)!
5. Dry Erase Pictionary. Need a fun way to practice new vocabulary words? Pictionary is always a hug hit in the classroom, and when you use dry erase boards and markers instead of paper, it guarantees less waste (and more fun)! Divide students into teams of 4, give each team a Expo Fine Tip Dry Erase Marker and whiteboard and let the fun begin!
6. Create reusable workbooks. Standing in line at the copy machine
to create 20-something printouts is time consuming – not to mention costly. Instead, place worksheets in heavy duty sheet protectors in a binder and have students use Expo Fine Tip Dry Erase Markers to complete the sheets. That way, the same sheets can be used year after year!
If you are using these at an activity center, keep a basket of Expo Click Retractable Markers nearby so there’s no need to worry about lost caps.
7. Keep permission slip collection under control. It seems every time we turn around there’s a new permission slip to keep track of. An easy way to stay organized is to keep a class list in a reusable dry erase pocket and use an Expo Dry Erase Marker to cross off each student who hands in their slip. Permission slips can be tucked right behind the class list to keep everything together. (Not to mention these dry erase pockets can be used for dozens of other classroom activities.) Genius!
8. What time is it? Exo Dry Erase Markers come in super handy for learning how to tell time. Simply laminate a clock mat for each student, verbally give them a time (or have them pick one out of a bag), and have them draw it on their clock. Use Expo’s 2-in-1 marker to have students use one color for the minute hand and one for the hour hand to emphasize the difference. These laminated clocks are also great additions to any activity center.
9. Find the Flashcard: No matter what elementary grade level math you are teaching, you can play find the flash card. Simply use laminated store-bought or homemade flash cards with sample math problems from the unit you’re working on. Hand each student an Expo Fine Tip Dry Erase Marker, then have them walk around the classroom to find the hidden flash cards and write their answers right on the cards. Not only is this a great review game that kids love, but it gets them up and moving too!
10. Take a Beach Ball Break. Are your students standing around at the end of the day waiting to be dismissed? Make better use of this time by gathering students in a circle for a beach ball break. Simply use a dry erase marker to write a sentence frame, such as “one important word from today’s lesson was _____” to help students sum up what was learned that day.
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