Top 10 Reasons to Use Student Lapboards and Mark Boards July 23 2009

You may have heard different names for the student lapboard, including lap desk or student dry erase board. The most popular student lap board is the 9" x 12" individual student dry erase board.

You can choose the best option for your classroom from the many styles and sizes. The Primary-grade Lapboard has primary lines on one side and is unlined on the other! Turn it on its side for place value columns.

Lapboards and mark boards are ideal for spelling practice, studying the alphabet, handwriting, math and so much more! These lapboards are a great way to get the students fully involved in the lesson.

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Top 10 Reasons to Use Student Lapboards and Mark Boards:

1. Eco-Friendly

One benefit is that is that they are eco-friendly. Using a mark board, rather than paper products, cuts down on paper waste. Using these boards can help save trees and decrease paper products to be recycled or in landfills.

2. Versatile

Our magnetic lapboards can also be used as a dry erase board. The old school-style white boards are made of porcelain, but now you can also choose our magnetic boards, which are actually are made with thin sheets of steel, laminated with paper. This means that not all dry erase pens will work with them and some leave smudged behind. That’s why we recommend our dry erase pens, which we’ve tested with our magnetic mark boards.

3. Spelling

Using the dry erase boards, the students can write each spelling word using the dry erase marker. Each student says the word, spells the word, and repeats the word.  After confirming the correct spelling, students erase the words using the felt dry erasers.

Students can also spell words, using the magnetic letters, on the magnetic white boards.

4. Alphabet Study & Handwriting

The magnetic white board is perfect to use for alphabet study and handwriting practice. Students can place the magnetic letters on the white board and practice handwriting of each letter using the dry erase markers and felt dry erasers. The Primary-grade Lapboard has primary lines on one side and is unlined on the other.

5. Phonics

Using the portable pocket chart with magic board or dry erase board, markers, and erasers, students can work with the teacher in small groups while learning phonics activities.  Magnetic letters can be used to teach long vowel, short vowel or blends.

6. Word Sorts

Make an overhead transparency of a word sort from the book, All Sorts of Sorts. Students can sort the words on their lapboards to cut down on the use of paper.

7. Math Practice

Using the dry erase lap board to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problems can cut down on the use of scratch paper. Students can either write the problems using the dry erase markers or use the magnetic numbers. The Primary-grade Lapboard has primary lines on one side and is unlined on the other! Turn it on its side for place value columns.

8. Fraction Study

The dry erase board can easily be used to teach fractions. Students can draw pie charts as you read aloud word problems. The students can use the dry erase markers and dry marker erasers to show the answers to the problems.

Teacher says:  “Christine has 1 apple. Draw one apple.”

(Students draw one apple).

Teacher says:  “Christine ate ¼ of the apple. Cut the apple into fourths and erase ¼. How much of the apple is left?”

(Students show a drawing of 3/4 of the apple.)

Students draw the fraction problem and hold it up for the teacher to see. They can also work in small groups to give each other support while solving the fraction word problems.

9. Seating Chart

Create a seating chart for your class. It’s easy to move each student’s location, depending upon the student’s needs and instructional purposes.

10. Classroom Message Center

These boards can be used on the front door as a message center (inside or outside of the classroom door). The teacher can write special notes on the front door such as, “Do Not Disturb, Testing in Progress.” Because they are magnetic, it’s convenient to place the classroom newsletter or other important notes on the board.

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