In the post about Number Strings, I referred to a student’s “personal whiteboard”. I use whiteboards throughout the day as a way of informally assessing students.
Instead of a store bought whiteboard, I prefer to provide students with a customized version.
- Start with a glossy page protector, a box of which which can be purchased inexpensively on eBay or at Sam’s Club or Costco.
- Insert a brightly colored sheet of card stock. Card stock makes the whiteboard a little sturdier and by using color on one side, I can instantly tell when the entire group of students is ready.
- Add appropriate pages. In the first grade, I might have a pre-made number bond page ready to go. When I’m teaching a lesson on adding or subtracting, I’ll insert a place value chart.
By keeping a classroom set of these on the shelf with the student textbooks, they would last an entire school year. Here are some printables to get you started:
- Number Bond
- Ones/Tens Place Value Chart
- Ones/Tens/Hundres Place Value Chart
- Isometric dot paper
- 1 or 4 Quadrant Graph Paper
These are also great for games and learning centers…
Sudoku, Kenken, Contig or
Or any of the international logic games on the handouts page of this site.