5 Alternatives To Whiteboards


Every teacher loves their EXPO dry erase markers. And their dry erase board even more. But personal whiteboards for every child in your class isn’t always an option.  


These five alternatives to whiteboards will open your eyes to the many places your EXPO markers can work. 

Plastic Plates 

Those super shiny plastic plates you use for birthday parties and cookouts are just perfect for writing on with your dry erase marker. Use them for group sessions to test what your students are learning. 


Using student desks as a dry erase board is perfect for any time you want students to work through questions or activities that don’t necessarily need to be seen by you, as the teacher, every time. In second grade, we used our desks for word work sorts almost every week! 


Page Protectors 

Page protectors can be used to create wipe-able space on bulletin boards. Just slip some plain white paper into the sleeves and staple them to your board. Every morning, update your objectives for the day by simply wiping off the previous day’s writing. 

Anything Metal 

No need to run out and hit the scrapyard. Your old file cabinet will work just fine as a makeshift writing space for word work or center activities. Did you know that back in the 1960s, the first dry erase boards were actually made of steel? And it still works today. Just make sure you avoid painted surfaces!





Vinyl Spots 

You’ve seen these peel and stick vinyl spots for sale in various places. They’re generally cheaper than whiteboards and you can put them anywhere. Here’s to a low-cost alternative to the real thing. And they work just as well. 

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