One of the supplies I always have on hand in the classroom is sheet protectors. They are durable, affordable, versatile, and easy to use which is a win-win situation in my book. Here are four ways I have used them in my classroom.
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Sheet protectors are an easy way to put posters on display that you can easily change out all year long. Once they are attached to a bulletin board or wall, you can insert your classroom goals, student art work, inspirational quotes, reading skills for a focus wall, and more! You can even insert your classroom store poster where the date can be changed on a regular basis.
While teaching in the primary grades, I collected work samples throughout the year and placed everything into a child’s portfolio. This was a binder filled with student work that demonstrated growth throughout the school year. It also had photos to remember special events and activities. Sheet protectors were the easiest way to add student photos, bulky projects, and art pieces to the binder without punching holes through student work.
I have been fortunate to work in a school where whiteboards are provided for every student to use. If you don’t have whiteboards and need an inexpensive way to make a class set quickly, you should definitely look into sheet protectors. By inserting cardstock paper, you can instantly create a 2-sided work space for students. These are also smaller and quieter than whiteboards!
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What are your favorite ways to use sheet protectors in the classroom? You can find more teaching tips like this here.