I told my mom (a first grade teacher) last week that I found a Youtube video that shows you how to make your own whiteboards and she looked at me like duh Heather, and said "yeah, that's how I got my lapboards for my class."
Um. Why didn't anybody tell me before?
So I guess elementary school teachers already know this super secret, but I most definitely did not. I've been teaching 12-ish years and lamenting the price of whiteboards for a long time. Coveting them. Wishing I could afford them. And I could!
So if you want a cheap whiteboard, big or small, here's how you do it.
1. Go to Home Depot or Lowe's. We went to Lowe's. Just because.
2. Find the "White Panelboard." It comes in 4 x 8 sheets.
3. Have the store cut it in whatever size you want. I wanted approximately poster-sized boards to use for AVID tutorials, so we had them make two cuts in each board. (The sign said it was 25 cents per cut, but they didn't charge us the $1 when we checked out. Shrug.)
4. Mount on the walls, if you want. (We mounted all of them but two.) Write. Erase. Be happy.