Thursday, December 20, 2012

Clipboards Galore!

If there was ever a time where clipboards could be considered a trend it would be NOW. There are so many uses for clipboards in your classroom.

And they are cheap, cheap, cheap! You can get them at most places for a dollar. They come in a standard 8 1/2 x 11 and a mini version at most stores.

Here are my top 5 favorite things to do with clipboards!
(in no particular order)

1. A clipboard countdown

This site comes with free printables and a tutorial for the clipboard and the countdown numbers!

2. A classroom clock out clipboard

I fully support teaching children to read an analog clock but when it comes to having children sign in and out of the classroom they waste a lot of time staring up at that clock to figure out what time it is when they leave and come back. This clipboard solves it all - the digital time is right on the clipboard. 
At $13.29 this clipboard is a bit pricey. I'm sure you creative teachers out there can come up with a homemade solution ;) 

3. A way to display student work!

No more staples and pins. Just clip them on and clip them off!

4. Chalkboard clipboards!!!!

I love it when students have their own dry erase boards to participate in class with. But guess what..the boards are expensive or they are too cheap and get dirty and smudgy! The markers dry out wayyyyy too soon or the kids write so hard with them that the marker part disappears. So how about making a class set of chalkboards out of clipboards. Students can keep a few pieces of chalk at their desk. I imagine that is a much cheaper solution. Students can still use the board to clip papers on when doing work around the room. A multi-purpose board!

5. Gifts for teachers and friends

Get some scrapbook paper mod podge and you are in business!

If you are a teacher or a sub today is probably your last day until Winter Break. Congrats! You made it to 4:00! Enjoy your break and take these ideas with you!

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