2-in-1 Clipboard and Whiteboard!

I'm very excited to be taking part in Tara's Monday Made It today! I've had this idea I've wanted to try for a long time now and I finally have all the materials I need (bit of a shipping nightmare, isn't that the worst?).
So, to backtrack a teeny bit...

I've always had these same whiteboards, provided by my school. And while they are a wonderful learning tool and used constantly, there are some things that just drive me crazy about them.
Like the fact that they're heavy. 

I can only put so many in a box before my poor 5th graders are staggering under the weight as they pass them out.

Oh, and speaking of passing them out? I'm so very tired of that. As my dear friend Elizabeth said the other day, it just leads to time being wasted (check out her solution here!). 

So I decided I would follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth, my sister, and Keri from Kinder Keri and make those dry erase spots at my students' tables. And that is a project I will get to very soon.

There was only one little problem. 

I really liked having the mobility of the whiteboards for my students to use throughout the classroom. You know, when they complete word work in partners on the carpet or play math games on the cushions.

So I thought I would streamline things a bit with a 2-in-1 resource...a combination clipboard and whiteboard! The front part would be used as the clipboard, the back would be the whiteboard.

It turned out to be a very easy project and only took about 25 minutes. Well, that and the weeks I waited for my clipboards to arrive--but I'm going to have to move on from that. 

I used the following materials (all from Amazon):
  • bright clipboards
  • adhesive dry erase sheets
  • corner-cutting tool
I cut about an inch and a half off the side of the dry erase sheets, so they would fit well within the board. 

Next, I rounded the edges of the sheets (this isn't necessary, but you know how I am about rounded edges!). 

Then I just lined up the top of the dry erase sheet to that metal backing of the clipboard's clip:
Which turned the back of the clipboard into a whiteboard surface and left the front part open for, well, clip-boarding:
(you can see through to the dry erase sheet on the back above).

I'm sure it will come as no surprise that this project warranted a label as well:
To keep the boards safe from peeling, I'm going to model putting them in this bin with the dry erase paper facing forward. I tried moving them around a bit (kind of like a 5th grader might) and they seemed ok...I will have to let you know how they hold up during the year.

I do have the label to share below, because I do so adore my readers! Please click on the preview for a direct download if you would like it...
Did you make anything this Monday? I'm off to Tara's blog to check out all the lovely projects!

66 comments

  1. I love this idea. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Holy cuteness! That is one of the best ideas ever! I'm not surprised you thought of it. Thank you for sharing. I might have to make some of these for my firsties!

    Lauren
    Go Fourth and Inspire

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  3. What a great idea! I love your labels. You'll have to let us know how the whiteboard material holds up.

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  4. You just blew my mind! Curious to see how it works with fifth graders.

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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  5. Thanks for sharing this idea. I was wondering how the whiteboardd cleaned up. Thanks for the labels.

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  6. What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Karen
    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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  7. What a cute idea! Love it!

    Lindsay
    Realizations of a Rookie Teacher

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  8. Really such a great idea!!! Thank you for sharing...and once I decide to be crafty again, I am borrowing ;)

    Steph
    Teaching in Room 6

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  9. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Such a great idea! I bought a slew of clipboards last year from Target for $1... that might be a great addition to my cheap clipboards!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Amanda
    My Shoe String Life

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  11. Great idea! How many did you make? Do you have one for each child, or just a small group set?

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    1. Thanks Kristina! I just did the 12 clipboards that came in the set. I don't think I ever have the whole class using clipboards or whiteboards at once and I wanted to see how they worked out before doing more. I am exercising restraint, haha :)

      Thanks again!

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  12. OMG. What a great idea!!!! (You really do love rounded edges...but so do I!) ;O)

    You are so clever. Truly. I love this idea!!
    Thanks for sharing your cleverness! And for the label!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  13. I spy my corner-cutting tool! Hehe, they look amazing as always!! :)

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  14. I made some things for Monday Made It! Check out my blog!

    Justina
    The Very Busy Resource Teacher

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  15. Wow, this is such a good idea! Clipboards and white boards take up a good but of space by themselves. I love, love, love this combo! I'd love to know how we'll they come clean. I may be making some for myself. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

    Erin
    Snazzy in Second

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  16. Great idea! I was actually considering doing something similar. One thing I did a few years ago was a I laminated file folders to use to put my white boards inside so they wouldn't get scratched up. That might help keep the boards safe from peeling when putting them in and out of the bucket.

    Christina ;)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

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  17. Wow. I am just in awe of your creativity! Great idea!!

    -Sarah
    A Rocky Top Teacher

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  18. This is a fabulous idea Kristen! I might just have to do this....if I finish the million and one other things I need to do...:)Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Keep Calm & Imagine

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  19. Wow! This is an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing Kristen!

    Swimming into Second

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  20. You are so clever. I never would have thought of that plan. They came out great.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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  21. I LOVE this idea! Not that I need to spend any more money but you may have just given me an idea worth it! :)

    Elyse
    Happily Teaching

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  22. I love this idea! I just bought some storage clipboards for my paras, I may have to add wipe board to the back for when they are working with students. Thank you!

    Katie

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  23. Your stuff is absolutely amazing! I will have to show you classroom pictures with a lot of stuff I purchased from you; it is looking amazing!!! Anyways, I just bought the book bin labels and I was wondering if you were going to make anymore labels?! I would totally pay you to make more :)!!!!

    Thanks for your awesome work!
    Kathleen
    K-3 Kathleen

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    1. oh thank you Kathleen!! I would LOVE to see pictures of your room when you are done, thank you!

      I am working on a second set that will have subjects (like sports, community, solar system, all of that) and some editable parts for favorite authors and series. Thanks again! :)

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  24. This is such a wonderfil idea! I have long clipboards but it should still work the same. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas as always!
    Yolanda

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  25. I imagine one day that someone will make a clipboard from dry erase materials - 2 in 1. Wouldn't that be nice? I have dreamed of having a solution to the clipboard/dry erase dilema. We use both almost daily in first grade. Great idea.

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  26. What a great project! I don't have clipboards in my room but after seeing these I wish I did! WIll have to add this one to my Someday Projects list. Thanks for sharing your great idea!
    ♬Kay
    On the Trail of Learning

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  27. I just picked up white board labels at Walmart and didn't know what I was going to do with them! I am starting fifth grade in September so I will have to try this idea. I'll let you know how mine work out!
    Peggy

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  28. This is just brilliant! Brilliant, I tell ya! Can't wait to do this!! Thanks for sharing!!
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  29. THis is a fabulous idea! Love the label too!

    Wendy
    Read With Me ABC

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  30. What an incredible idea! They're so colorful and practical. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. This is a fabulous idea! I had the kids have their whiteboards and clipboards in their bins on their desk, and they were forever falling over and pencils and pens and whatever they had stored in there would go rolling around the floor. This is a GREAT idea and I am so doing it! Thanks for sharing!
    Kristin

    Fifth Grade Ramblings

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  32. Hmmmmm ... you're all kinds of brilliant, aren't you?!? I knew there was a reason I loved you. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea ... wonder how long shipping will take to get all the way up here???

    Jen
    Runde's Room

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  33. Great idea! I'll be curious to see how they work out this year for you!
    Erin
    Short and Sassy Teacher

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  34. You are a genius, my friend!! :)

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  35. Love, love, love!!

    Aloha,
    Corinna

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  36. EEKKK....I am SO wanting to do this! Like NOW:) I have brand new clipboards, now I need to go find that whiteboard stuff:)

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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  37. What are the links for the supplies on Amazon? I just want to make sure I order the correct items because this is so cute! :)

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  38. I absolutely love this idea! It really solves at least three problems in one! Thanks for sharing! I want to try this in my classroom.

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  39. I tried the dry erase spots on the table, but I had some of my little kinders that couldn't help but pick at them and they became too messy. So I'm going to try something similar this year and mount a dry erase sheet to a folder that they keep their books in for Guided Reading. We'll see how that works out.

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  40. Amazing idea. I saw the lined dry erased sheets at Wal-mart last week..hmmmm :) thanks for the idea!

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  41. Your blog is one that I truly don't think I've ever read a post that doesn't make me go, "I LOVE THAT" - and this one was no exception!!! You're so creative!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  42. Fabulous idea! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    ~Jen
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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  43. Brilliant idea. I'm so glad you blogged about this. I just have to pin it to remember it and to share with others he-he! Emma :)

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  44. What a great idea! I can't wait to hear how they hold up. I have a class set of clipboards I could do this to even.

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  45. You are a genius!!!! I'm finally catching up on some blog reading, and as always you never disappoint! :) I MUST make these whiteboard clipboards!!! THANK YOU for sharing!

    Young Teacher Love Blog

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  46. Stinkin genius girl! Love it and now I have to head to Amazon to try and buy stuff!

    Rowdy in First Grade

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  47. Reading one of your comments above I thought why not just make clipboards using the white boards and a large clip. Especially thrifty is you are on a tight budget. Could even use the Washi tape to decorate the clip.

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  48. So I like how you get 2 functions out of one thing and how that saves space. Are they lighter than your original white boards?

    Great idea!

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    1. yup, that's why I switched! Thanks!!

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  49. Those are so neat! I have never seen the dry erase sheets before. I will have to look for those. On another note...do you still have the editable CRAFT lined paper? I know it is an older post but I was hoping I could get those to use this year. Thanks and keep creating!!

    -Kendra

    kddose@baschools.org

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  50. Can you believe I am just getting around to reading my MMI....? Eek! This, my dear is absolutely brilliant!!!!! Brilliant I tell ya!!!! Wish I hadn't just made new dry erase boards:/ I will have this on my to do list for next year:) LOVE!!! Thanks for linking up:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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  51. This is a great idea! I was just wondering how they are holding up through the year. Still in good condition?

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  52. How have these held up? I found your blog while looking into making these!

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  53. Ran across these on Pinterest. LOVE the idea! Would you recommend it for others? How have the boards held up?

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