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Thrifty Thursday - Page Protectors: For More than just Binders


Page protectors don't have to be just to protect pages in data reports. They are extremely versatile, and can be easily incorporated in the classroom as an alternative to other supplies and equipment in the classroom.



Quick Response Boards:

Page protectors are a great alternative to purchasing bulkier, and more expensive, dry erase boards for students. I have found that placing a colored (or white) cardstock paper in the protector works extremely well as a dry erase board and are so much easier to store. You can read more about them here.


Reusable Worksheets:

Page protectors can help lessen the number of worksheets you use in class. If you teach in a departmentalized setting as I do, you know copies have the potential of piling up. Using page protectors not only helps save trees, but saves you time and money.  Place worksheets in page protectors, and have the students use dry erase markers to answer the questions onto the page protector. Once they are done, have them erase the answers thoroughly, and now the sheet is ready for the next group. File those worksheets away for next year, and now you won't have to recopy them next year. 



Work Mats: 

Use them as work mats when workbooks do not have enough space for students to work out their problems.  It is such an easy way to assess students' understanding as you walk around the room and see a magnified version of the students' work. 



* My recommendation when using dry erase markers on page protectors, is to use black markers whenever possible. Colored markers are more difficult to erase, and sometimes stain the page protectors.

Besides being helpful to the teacher, what kid wouldn't rather write with a dry erase marker than with a pencil in a workbook? It really IS a great way to motivate students. 




Your Thrifty Co-Teacher,


Cristy

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