Saturday, October 25, 2014

You Oughta Know About Sheet Protectors

As a teacher I use more than my share of sheet protectors.  But today, I am linking up with Mrs. McClain for her "You Oughta Know" blog hop to tell you about a different way to use sheet protectors.
I love the use of whiteboards in the classroom - especially when I can customize them.  And that is exactly what you can do with sheet protectors!  All you need is a pack of sheet protectors and a piece of cardboard to put in each.  You can use them in every subject area and the students love them.  Here are some examples of how we use them:

This week we are working on fact families.  I printed out the a fact family house, put one in each sheet protector and we were able to use them every day for multiple examples. 

Earlier this year we used them for word problems.  I printed out a blank organizer and put one in each sheet protector.  Then, each student got a bag of word problems that we could slide right in.  You can see the bag of word problems in the right hand corner of the first picture.

We also used them for 10 more/10 less and number lines.

The examples that I have pictures of are just in math, but we also use them in reading.  I put a blank retell page in there and give the students a bag of short stories that they can retell.  You could also use a blank Venn Diagram, a blank main idea and details organizer -- the possibilities are endless.  It gives a twist on the traditional whiteboards and provides unlimited possibilities.

I would love to hear about how you would use sheet protectors in your room with your students!


  1. I never thought about putting cardboard in the sheet protectors. What a great idea!

    Kindergarten Teacher at the Wheel

  2. LOVE sheet protectors! They were my BFF during student teaching and when I was tutoring in an after school program!

    A LoveLi Class

  3. Yes, everyone should know about sheet protectors, and the cardboard is something I would have never thought about. This is another thing (in addition to Daily 5) that I wish I would have thought about during my first year of teaching. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  4. I love this - This is one of those posts where I literally hit myself on the head going "why haven't I done that??" :) I use sheet protectors all the time in my room with my kinders, but never have I put cardboard, cardstock, or anything stiff in them! I have that at the top of my to do list now! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. LOVE using sheet protectors with expo markers... it's wonderful for so many activities! Thanks for sharing :)