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Back to School DIY Project -BTS Blog Hop

I am joining with 5 other music teachers for a Back to School Music Blog Hop!  There are six stops in all and you'll get to read about some solutions to make your back to school time a breeze.  I'm going to share a DIY project.

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

I love projects.  Just ask my husband or anyone that knows me.  I love projects.  Small projects, big projects, craft projects, tech projects...I love projects.  This means that back to school time is full of them!  Today I'm going to share with you one of my favorites from this school year.  I hope that you will love these rock star hall passes!
Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

Why rock star?  Well, for me it always seems to work in a music classroom and specifically it matches my rock star themed classroom this year!  Each of the CD covers is designed to fit in side a traditional CD jewel case.  The slim ones that are often sold with blank CDs or DVDs will work with some adaptions, but the traditional ones work better.  

I like to use hall passes that I don't have to fill out each time a student needs to use them.  Actually, I prefer NOT to use the 50 tiny minutes that I have each week for student errands, bathroom breaks, or whatever.  I love these signs that David Row from Make Moments Matter has posted in his store. This freebie reminds students (and their teachers!) to take restroom breaks BEFORE special area classes start.  Click the picture to grab one for yourself!

These rock star passes go great with my classroom theme that you might have seen in my last post, Music ROCKS!  You can get that bundle by clicking on the picture below.

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

They would also go with the rock star decor bundle for a computer lab or IT room that I have posted in my store too.  Check it out by clicking on the picture below.
Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

To get started you'll need to download the free printable hall passes from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I printed my on standard weight paper with a color printer and then trimmed them.
Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

After they were trimmed, I folded the spine so that it would fit inside the CD case.

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.
 After the covers were placed inside the CD case I closed the case and then taped it closed.

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

If you were going to create a lanyard or some kind of strap for hanging these, you should attach it to the inside of the CD case, secure it with hot glue or tape and then close the case.  I tape it closed, because students always want to open it to see inside.  

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

On the back of each case there is a list of fictitious song titles related to that pass.  The restroom pass has song titles that remind students to wash their hands, hurry back to class and put things in the trash can.

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.
The nurse's office pass contains silly songs with themes about not feeling well and some things they might hear in the nurse's office like "Weren't you just in here?" and "Catch you cough!"Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.
 The hall pass contains a variety of themes that relate to what students might need to do outside the classroom.

My plans are to hang these near my classroom door.  I'm going to post Lindsay Jervis' Rock Star Music Rules (picture below) near my door and these passes near by.  
Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.

Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.
I hope this is a DIY project that you will enjoy!  Don't forget to grab the free hall passes HERE.

Keeping hopping to the next blog in our Back to School Blog Hop.  Learn some great ways to communicate with parents from David Row at Make Moments Matter.



Make some rockin’ and unique hall passes for your classroom with this DIY classroom tutorial.  Grab an empty CD case and download this free file to get started.  Follow the Back to the School Blog Hop for even more great ideas for this busy time of the year.


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Music Classroom Tour 2016

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

I am in a new classroom this year and would LOVE to take you on a tour of my new space.  This year I'll be teaching 3rd through 5th grade music.  My room is much smaller than all of the rooms that I have taught in before, so I've had to reconsider what things are the most important to me and arrange my room accordingly.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
 This is one view of my classroom from the door at the back of the room.  I have chairs arranged in a style that Fred Jones would be proud of.  This arrangement lets me be near any student in class with just a few steps.  It also makes dividing for singing parts or creating small groups pretty easy.
Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
 This is the other side of my room.  I've set up a teacher corner where I have my teaching supplies, office supplies, filing cabinets and some personal space.  There are more pictures of this area below.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
On many of the storage cabinets I have placed sets of posters.  To some, it may look like there is just TOO much stuff up, but I have a plan.  I am a big fan of workstations and I plan to set workstations up near the posters sets so that students will be able to use them as a reference.  For example, this awesome set of elements of music posters (by Sara Bibee) would be a great place for students work if they are completing listening journals.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
I'm using a rock star theme in my classroom as our school theme is "stars".  This is a set of tempo posters (love that glitter!) and below are some notation posters.  They are part of my music symbols set.  This would be a great place for a workstation that focuses on rhythm or composition.  The notation posters will be a great reference.
Get the tempo posters HERE.
Get the music symbol posters HERE.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
Also on the storage cabinets is a set of dynamics posters and these ensemble posters in a rock star theme.  The kids generally giggle at "sextet" and open house even a few parents!  This is a great reference for students as we discuss vocal and instrumental ensembles.  Get the dynamics posters HERE and the ensemble posters HERE.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

I'm loving this set of Rockin' the Standards posters using the new national standards.  They are color coordinated so that even if I didn't place this in these obvious columns that you would be able to see which "I Can" statements go with each action.  These may be more of a reminder for me. than my students at first, but I am okay with that.  These are near my teacher's corner so they will be a great reference for me as I do my lesson planning.  I'll also use this area to set up workstations so students will have more of an opportunity to read them then.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

This is my teacher corner.  The bookshelf that has the rainbow material covering stores my office supplies (paper, binders, blank CDs, etc...) as well as a few teaching resources.  The open part of it is where I have some supplies that students will use occasionally like bean bags, hole punches, scissors, etc...  I don't want to put them in my writing center unless they need them to keep that area tidy.  On my desk are two large rockers.  These are from a set of clipart from Melonheadz.  I used BlockPosters.com to create them at this size thanks to a great tutorial by Jena at Sew Much Music.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

Around my windows are some framed watercolor quotes about music.  They were created by Melody Payne.  The frames are inexpensive frames from the dollar store and are attached with Command Strips.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
On the side of my tall filing cabinet I attached some textured wrapping paper.  The flower pots are a Pinterest project and are filled with fake flowers because I have a brown thumb.  My collection of flyswatters is stored in a coffee can that I've covered in contact paper.  We only use them occasionally so I didn't want them to be in a prominent place in the classroom.  It is hard for kids to resist touching them.  Okay...me too.  

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

Also in my teacher corner is a mini-fridge and microwave. All the comforts of home!  I keep lots of water and Diet Mt. Dew in there.  It is also night for evenings when I have to stay late for events.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

This is the front of my classroom.  "Think Like a Musician" is a growth mindset bulletin board with a music twist.  The other bulletin board is "In Music We Rock" which could double as classroom rules.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
This big pink flower was created with pink, paper bags and a bit of hot glue.  

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
Near this bulletin board is where I keep some of my more frequently used props, pointers, scarves, etc...  The pool noodles are my steady beat swords.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

My daily points and performance assessments in music all use 3-4 point rubrics.  These posters have the descriptions of what I'm looking for.  Right now they are in the corner of the room, but I think I may end up moving them to a position that is a little closer to the students so that they can read them from their seats.  You can get the small versions of these posters HERE.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
This is the first classroom that I have had that has had one of those long, skinny bulletin boards above the whiteboard/chalkboard area.  Turns out that my music symbol posters look great there! They are also in a great position for me to use when teaching.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
A close up of those posters.  The cool, black, disco looking balls are actually a border that I found at the teacher store.

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!
This is my PAWS corner.  PBS expectation posters and my PAWsitive Effects of Music bulletin board go here.  This will also be one of the areas that I use for setting up centers.  

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

This is one of my favorite bulletin boards!  This is Music Rocks and is basically a music advocacy bulletin board.  I used some pink, zebra striped wrapping paper as part of the background to add more interest.  The sparkles that you see here and in other parts of the room were all part of a collection of 70s themed decorations I found at the teacher store.  

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

Outside my door is this cute little sign.  It is created with disco ball paper plates (from the party store), some purple mesh (the kind that crafters use to make wreaths), letters I printed from my computer and tape.  Simple, but eye catching!

Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

I hope that you've enjoyed this classroom tour.  Share your classroom tour below! 
Music classroom set up and decorating ideas galore! Check out this article for ideas for decorations, bulletin boards, classroom organization, music class management, room set up strategies and more.  It is definitely more than just pictures of music classrooms and bulletin boards.  It is inspiration!

 Here's how:
1.  Grab the picture above and place it in your classroom tour blog post linking back to this post.
2.  Blog about your awesome classroom.  Be sure to share lots of pictures and tell us where we can find any resources that you use.
3.  After you've link the picture and posted, come back here and join the linky.

Have a great school year!!!






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Brag Tags in Music Class


Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

What are brag tags?  They are tiny little awards that look similar to dog tags.  They are used as a classroom management tool and are insanely motivating for student when used consistently.  When I used these in my music and computer classes, my entire school was using them as student incentives.  We actually just called them "reward tags" instead of "brag tags" which sounds MUCH cooler!

After a year of using this system, administration changed and the incentive system wasn't a top priority.  Some teachers continued to use them, others dropped them.  Can brag tags work in special area classes even if classroom teachers don't use them?  You bet!  

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

I introduce brag tags on the first day of class, but don't really get too detailed about them until day two of music.  During this class period, I'll show them some of the tags that I keep on hand and why they might be rewarded.  This is also when I introduce my two brag tag rules.
1.  There are no replacement tags.  You are responsible for your tag once it is given to you.
2.  Don't ask for a tag or you will not get one.
Pretty simple, right?  I bet I repeated rule #2 a million times!  

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

I used reward tags to recognize many different behaviors, achievements and special event sin music class.  I loved giving out tags for concert attendance and performance.  I also used them to recognize singing in tune, keeping steady beat, singing solos, performing difficult rhythms, leading small groups and more.

Often I would take 3 or 4 tags and put them up on the board.  Then I would remind students that I would be looking for people who were exhibiting that skill or characteristic to reward.  This immediately focused student energy to what was happening in class.

When the entire school was using reward tags, I would just give out the tags as the students left my room.  They would take them back to their classroom and add them to whatever their home room teacher had set up for them.  For most classes it was a necklace that hung on their desk or on a bulletin board.  For other classes they used a jump ring (as shown in the first picture above). 

When classroom teachers stopped using them, I had to get a little creative with how students were rewarded and what they did with the tags.

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

My favorite way was to attach the brag tags with a safety pin.  This worked great!  The older students could put them on by themselves and the younger students were easy enough to pin on their way out of class.

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.
A student favorite for displaying brag tags was to string them onto their shoe strings.  I thought this was pretty clever!  They looked great until...well...until they didn't.  *giggling*  Imagine recess just after the rain stopped.  Yep.  Some of the tags didn't last very long.  When that happened, I happily referred students to rule #1.

Some students did not want to wear their tag in any fashion, so they would just slip it into their pockets.  I was fine with that.  Some of them put them in their backpacks, taped them into folders or books.

I experimented with giving students library pockets to store their brag tags, but found with hundreds of students that was a little too much for me to keep up with.  I kept a box of small envelopes at my desk that students could request if they didn't want to wear them.  Most students wanted to wear them, so the envelopes were not used very often.  They were also seriously plain, so that might have deterred them as well. 
Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.
My favorite use for brag tags was as an immediate reward for singing.  With my younger classes I would give them out liberally to students who sang by themselves, match pitched or performed a solo for the class.  For older students I used tags to recognize good singing posture, enunciation, eyes on the conductor, etc...

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.   Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

Preparing the Tags
I have a HUGE collection of music brag tags in my store that you may be interested in.  Click HERE to take a look at the Music Class Set with has 75 tags.  They were designed to be used with a color printer, but a low in version with no background is included as well.

To use them you'll need to print them, trim the edges and then laminate the whole sheet.  After they have been laminated, cut them apart.  At the beginning of the year, I punched holes at the top of every tag to save class time.  When I printed more copies during the year I usually skipped this step and just kept a whole punch near the tags in my classroom.

The start up time can seem a little overwhelming.  If you have a teaching assistant, school print shop or a parent volunteer, this would be a great job to pass off!  For me, I just picked a show to binge watch on Netflix and laminated the night away.


Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.
  There are brag tags for recorders too!  Color tags are included (but do not reference "karate") for white, yellow, orange, red, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink, turquoise and a master tag with several colors.

I use the Peripole Halo recorders with the neck strap so it was easy to thread them on.  Students with different recorders used a jump ring to attach them to their cases or backpacks.

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.
You can get the recorder set of brag tags HERE.  

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

There are many ways to organize brag tags.  I must admit that my way is not very creative.  I used index card boxes.  I put singing tags in one box, recorder tags in another and so on.  There are many other more innovative ideas out there including pocket charts, photo storage boxes and some brag tag tackle boxes.

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

I encourage you to consider adding this fun and motivating behavior incentive system in your classroom this year.  Do a little.  Do a lot.  Do what works for you and your classroom.

You can get my set of Brag Tags for Music Class HERE and the Recorder Set HERE.

Learn to use Brag Tags in Music Class or any special area class.  Brag tags are an incredible student behavior incentive and can be used in older students as well as Kindergarten and other young learners.  You’ll find ideas for using these printable sanity savers even if you only see your students once a week.

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DIY Dry Erase Pockets

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!

I am such a big fan of working in a paperless classroom.  It is not completely possible, but I love to find ways to save paper AND save myself from hours at the copy machine.  For the last 10 years or more I've been using lap packs.  Lap packs are copies of the treble staff in various sizes, a blank piece of paper and other sheets that I used every day in class.  I pop these into a thick page protector and students can use these with a dry erase marker.  Because I've copied everything on cardstock, they are firm enough to use without a clipboard or table.

This led me to thinking about other ways to save paper and eliminate stacks to grade.  If we are doing a simple assessment, I can walk around the classroom and quickly mark the seating chart with a score while students are working.  This is MUCH faster than grading stacks of paper.  I started using dry erase pockets for such activities.

You've probably seen the pockets on Amazon, Oriental Trading or even in the dollar spot at Target.  LOVE them, but since most of my classroom budget comes out of my grocery budget, I needed a less expensive option.  Project time!  I was able to make an entire classroom set for six dollars.  WAHOO!

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!
Here's what you'll need:
Thick report covers (I like the kind with that little plastic binder edge that you slide on.)  This pack was $ .97 at Walmart.
Duct Tape -I prefer to use the smaller roll so that less of the cover is covered with the tape.  The larger rolls work, but may cover some of the sheets that you put in them.  You can also use clear packing tape.  It isn't as pretty, but it works well.  I had several rolls on hand as I assume most teachers do.
Scissors

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!
I rolled the tape out flat so that I could set the report cover on it.  This let me line it up a little better than putting the tap onto the report cover.

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!
Place the report cover so that it covers about half of the tape.  Fold the tape up to seal the edge.  Trim the edges with your scissors.

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!

I only taped three of the sides (including the side that isn't open).  At the top I wanted to create a little flap so that my youngest learners would be able to load the pocket themselves.  Instead of running the tape all the way across, I just created a tab that is a couple of inches long on ONE piece of the report cover.  In this way, students can use the tab to open the pocket without my help.  It is much trickier than it seems for some of my younger students.

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!
LOVE the way they turned out!  I popped some handwriting sheets in so my daughter could try them out.  They were definitely easy to use and pretty durable.  I had tried using page protectors for this project but did not like that they had holes in them.  The holes are for using in a binder, which is handy, but my students liked to poke their pencils in the holes and they tore and looked bad.  The report covers keep this from happening.  

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!
I like to use these small dry erase markers that have an eraser on the end.  When I don't have them available for workstations I put regular dry erase markers and paper towels or cotton balls there for students to use to erase.
DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!

I've seen teachers that hot glue a pom pom on the end of the dry erase marker lid and students use those for erasers, but haven't tried that.  If you have, I'd love to hear any tips or ideas you might have for keeping them usable all year.

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!

These worksheets are from my No Prep Music Worksheets -Summer.  They are great examples of worksheets that I would use in workstations.

DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!DIY Dry Erase Pockets – Learn how to create cute, colorful and durable dry erase pockets for less than 20 cents each!  You’ll love this easy to follow tutorial and your students will love using dry erase markers in class.  Save your classroom budget and save time at the copier.  This is a great teacher hack!


I hope you enjoy this teacher hack and can use it to save some money and create a more functional classroom! Enjoy!


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