2-in-1 Clipboard and Whiteboard!

July 22, 2013

2-in-1 Clipboard and Whiteboard!

July 22, 2013
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!

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