Do you use dry erase pockets in your classroom? I wish I had these around 2012 when I went to Lowe’s to have a bunch of shower board cut into several rectangles so that I could have a class set of dry erase boards.
Now, dry erase pockets can be used in their place and have SO MANY other ways that they can be utilized both in and out of the classroom.
Classroom Dry Erase Boards
Dry erase boards can be used in class daily with all students.
Use them for informal assessments, as a bell ringer, or in small groups. Have students pull them out in order to show their calculations as they complete classwork.
Storing and Annotating Over Charts & Templates
Let each student have their own dry erase pocket where they can store blank templates, charts, or graphic organizers.
Students in my classroom used dry erase pockets every single day. We stored various types of place value charts, templates for math operations such as adding and subtracting fractions or mixed numbers, etc.
Having a resource that they can readily grab if they’re struggling with steps, calculations, or spatial organization can be incredibly helpful. It can also allow you to differentiate instruction for students who may need graphic organizers.
Throw a couple in your tutoring bag to use with clients.
You’ll also find 3-4 dry erase pockets in my tutoring bag. I have blank pieces of paper in each of them so that they can double as a white board. I have various place value charts and math templates that I had made for my classroom (mentioned above) to help with organization. It’s great to have a lightweight, portable resource to bring with me.
Reusing Math Games or Center Activities
Save on lamination!
I didn’t always have time to laminate at school. When I would find a great game to use in centers, I would quickly print out a copy and let students use it in a dry erase pocket so that the game could be reused with another group later on.
Need a Class Set of Dry Erase Pockets?
You can get a 30 pack on Amazon. Find it here.