I use small dry erase markers during literacy centers. Students can write on top of laminated sheets over and over again, and I’m not chained to the photocopier each week!
PROBLEM: With K-2 students, the markers were always drying out. Either the lids were only partially replaced and later fell off, or they were not replaced at all. At the end of the day I’d have a basket full of dried up markers.
SOLUTION: I attached all the lids in a row so students have a place to put their felts when they are done, and see if one is missing.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Tape all the marker lids to a piece of thick cardboard. Tape the entire lid firmly, so they can’t wiggle loose! A glue gun also works well!
2. The cardboard strip is taped to the side of your work basket.
3. When students are done, they pop the felt into the empty marker lid and press down firmly. It’s very easy to see if one is missing, but the “special helper” is in charge of checking each day, just in case.
The markers will eventually run out, but the new replacements will fit in the same lids.
It’s also very easy to remove the whole board if you need to use the felts with another activity.