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Versatile Dry Erase Plates

Create a plate to look like your favorite animal then add Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons and you’ll have tons of reusable fun.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Use a clear plastic plate to trace two circles on Crayola® Construction Paper. Cut out the circles with Crayola® Scissors. Use a Crayola® Glue Stick to attach one of the circles onto the back of the clear plastic plate.
    2. Cut the center out of the second circle, leaving about a 1 inch (2.54 cm) rim. Glue the rim to the top edge of the plastic plate.
    3. Cut out additional details from the construction paper to create your favorite animal: whiskers, eyes, ears, feathers, etc. Glue these pieces onto the top edge of the plastic plate.
    4. Glue a large craft stick to the back of the plastic plate for a handle. Allow to dry completely before using the handle.
    5. Use Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons to write on the top side of the plastic plate. Draw pictures or practice math facts, spelling words or colors. Wipe off Dry-Erase Crayons easily with the E-Z Erase Mitt.
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

    MATH: Understand place value.

    MATH: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

    SCI: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

    VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

    VA: Know how the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas.

    VA: Explore and understand prospective content for works of art.

  • Adaptations

    Working in small groups, students use their Versatile Dry Eras Plates to illustrate verbal cues focused on adjectives (such as happy, sad, scared, hot, cold, sick, excited, etc.). If able, students can also write the adjective next to the illustration.

    Students use their Versatile Plates to illustrate the face of a character being read in class. Students use the handle of the plate to hold up the face in front of their own to recite their dialogue. If the story dictates, students can alter the facial expressions on their plates to match the dialogue.

    Small groups of students use their Versatile Plates as inspiration to compose an original play or short story. Encourage groups to focus on a topic that has been studied recently in class such as the tropical rainforest, communities, etc. Groups should be prepared to present their play or short story for classmates or video tape the presentation for future viewing.


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