Creating opportunities for your students to do individual work is one of the most effective ways to make sure every single student is engaged in the classroom. However, drawing up worksheets and printing them off every day is one of the most tedious tasks you can think of for a teacher. Use Expo Markers to put your students to the test with fun, interactive activities that – best of all - require little to no prep or clean-up for you.
All you need is a whiteboard:
Keep a set of small whiteboards in your classroom, and pass them out before every EXPO exercise. Or, create your own! Simply laminate a blank sheet of paper or slip it into a page protector, and you’re ready to write with Expo Markers. If you use whiteboard activities frequently in your classroom, you can even have students keep a page protector or the laminated sheet in the back of their binders for easy access.
…and some EXPO markers:
Since you will be observing your students writing on smaller surfaces, use Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Fine Tip to prevent smudging. You should also have a variety of colors on hand for different activities, so consider EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip or Expo Neon Dry Erase Markers, Bullet Tip. Lastly, if you choose to pass markers out to every student in the class for frequent whiteboard activities, choose Expo® Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, which features a convenient retractable design to prevent lost caps and unintended stains.
Teach these lessons with EXPO Markers
Writing things down is proven to help reinforce important concepts in students’ minds. Using Expo Markers to work through an exercise is a great way for students to develop confidence and familiarity with the material they are studying.
Find Your Angles: Hand out 4-5 long pieces of masking tape to each student, and have them stretch the tape across the board to create straight lines that intersect. Then, label what types of angles the intersections have created. Use Dry Erase Markers for this exercise to make it easy for students to write in small spaces without smudging. Bonus: Make this a group activity by stretching your tape lines across student desks! EXPO ink is easy to wipe off of most non-porous surfaces, which means you can use Expo Markers on metals and most plastics without worrying about staining. Just use an EXPO Dry Block Eraser, Soft Pile or a soft cloth to wipe off your markings when you’re done.
Grammar Games: Have your students pair up for this one. Ask both students to write down a random sentence on their boards containing at least a subject and a verb, then pass it to their partner. Now use a different color to mark different parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.). Choose from more than 17 colors available from Expo Markers, or go with even bolder colors using Expo Neon Dry Erase Markers, Bullet Tip. Challenge your students to up the ante – the team who writes and correctly labels the most complex sentence wins a prize!
Practice Quizzes: This activity can be done as individuals or as groups and is especially effective before big tests. Simply call out top questions they’ll need to answer to pass, and have them write their answers on their personal whiteboards. At the end of the game, finish up by having students team up, and host one final lightning round with extra credit or a small reward for the team with the most correct answers.
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