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One of my favorite classroom tools is the dry erase pocket. Dry erase pockets are one of the easiest ways for teachers to save paper and quickly make interactive, reusable activities for their classrooms. I have several sets of 9" x 12" dry erase pockets that fit 8.5" x 11" paper and a set of 11" x 17" dry erase pockets that hold 11" x 17" cardstock for larger, group activities.

Amazon currently has an awesome deal on their 9" x 12" dry erase pockets! As of the time of this posting, they are only $4.99 for a set of 15. This makes them just over 33 cents each. I have NEVER seen them this cheap before! The only caveat is that they are an Add-On Item. This means that you must buy $25 of other Amazon merchandise to receive them at this price.

I honestly believe that every classroom needs a set of these! My students are willing to take much bigger risks with a dry erase marker in their hand than they will with pencil and paper. Plus, these make it so easy for me as a teacher to produce quality, reusable activities in almost no time at all. I spend less time at the copy machine, and my students are engaged throughout the class period.

The possibilities for using these are endless. You can print any activity, slide it inside, and be ready to go. Here are a few ideas for using them if you need some convincing.

Hidden Equation Puzzle

Arrows Puzzle

Graphing Linear Inequalities Work Mat

Maximize the Sum Puzzle

That's Logical Puzzles

Translating Algebra Fly Swatter Game

Translating Algebra Dry Erase Mat

Using Dry Erase Pockets for Notebook Checks

Roll a Number Dice Activity

Venn Diagrams

Periodic Table of Mistakes

Identifying Outliers

Can You Level the Towers?

Simplifying Radicals Work Mat

Farkle Score Sheets

Make a Million Activity

Nine Dots Puzzle

Predicting Products of Chemical Reactions

Practicing Finding Domain and Range From a Graph

Great ideas for using those wonderful dry erase pockets! Thanks! By the way, that too good to be true deal is no longer available.

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ReplyDelete1) How do you print your 11x17 templates/activities?

2) When students are doing activities like this, is there additional homework for practice or does the whiteboard work serve as practice? I use interactive notebooks and typically have a "notes" side and a "practice" side. I'm thinking maybe copy their "best problem(s)" for their notebook to reference later? I'd love to hear your thoughts since I know you also use INBs.

I print on 11 x 17 paper using my school's copy machine. The paper has to be placed in the bypass tray to fit, though. The whiteboard work is definitely practice. We usually do example problems in our notebook BEFORE doing the whiteboard practice. You could definitely have them record their best problems in their notebook, though.

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