September 19, 2011

Functional decor with dry erase sheets!

I bought these little dry erase sheets this summer thinking I could print on them (because it does say you can!) BUT I did not read carefully and missed the fact it was for laser printers--not ink ones. But no matter, I have found some helpful uses for these little guys...
And I love them!!!

I have a set of these sheets on our front schedule board. In previous years, I just wrote the schedule on the whiteboard itself. But that always took up a lot of space, so I decided to use one of our front bulletin boards for this purpose. Cool side note: You can even round the corners with that little rounding tool!

I really like how the schedule stands out a bit more visually, rather than a bunch of my handwriting (which isn't the best!). I feel like the kids reference the schedule much more this year and that is wonderful to see!

But my favorite use for the dry erase sheets is on our Reader's and Writer's Workshop boards. The lessons we follow always have a sentence frame to help the students share out learning with a partner or the whole group. It is recommended we use sentence strips, but I don't really use them much since my students are older.

Actually, I have to admit, when I saw those initial lessons, I thought...frames? I LOVE FRAMES!!! So I printed out a couple of my favorite ones on cardstock, cut them out, taped them over a dry erase sheet and...voila!!


(This provided a little talking point about the different meaning of "frames" as well!).

These sheets are the perfect size for this kind of reference chart and they will save so much paper-wise! I'm revamping our calendar math with them next...more on that soon.

I'm linking up with Frogs, Bees, & Under the Seas...I LOVE their blog and Made Mondays is so fun to follow! Check it out here:

15 comments:

  1. Where did you purchase them? I also love the frames. Where are they frame? LOVE this idea.

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  2. LOVE this idea!!! I REALLY like your frames! Where did you get them from?

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  3. Thank you both! The paper is from Amazon (there's a green link to it at the beginning of the post) and the frames are from KPM Doodles.

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  5. i just awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Have a great week Kristen!

    Rowdy in First Grade

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    Becca
    Simply 2nd Resources

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  7. Hi Kristen,
    I'm giving you the Versatile Blogger award too! You are amazing!
    Kimberly
    Funky First Grade Fun

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  8. I just wanted to let you know I bought the sticky white board papers - they're cool. I love that they are also made right here in the USA :)

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  9. I was wondering, how well do the sheets erase? Can you use any kind of dry erase marker on them? I have read reviews of other brands that say they don't erase well.

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  10. Missme-thanks for telling me, I love to hear when someone can use an idea!

    Amy, I don't have a problem with them. I use expo dry erase markers and they work ok (fine-tipped ones). I actually use a Magic Eraser on all of my whiteboards in the room and they erase nicely.

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  11. I'm giving you a versatile blogger award too

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  12. What a great idea! It is useful and environmental friendly!

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