23 Ways To Use Erasers in the Classroom

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This post originally appeared on the blog Sparkling in Second.

I’m obsessed with Target Dollar Spot erasers. Aren’t we all? We walk in, get sucked in right away to the Dollar Spot, and what do we see? These sweet little baggies full of cute erasers. Do we know what do to with them? No. Do we care? No.

I thought to myself, “I probably have AT LEAST 3 baggies per holiday/season, which is about 20 different designs, and about 50-100 in each baggy, which equates to… (maybe I shouldn’t do that math)… at least 1,000 of these adorable erasers!” I can’t seem to part with them as student gifts because they are too cute. And do they really erase? I don’t know, I’ve never tried. I think they’d break right in half. Every so often I walk over to my math manipulative pile or open my box of seasonal items and BAM! There’s a baggy of erasers. I thought, “I really need to figure out how to use these.” So here is a compilation of ways you can use these sweet little erasers for education (not just shelf life).

I listed these in accordance to common core standards, since that is how I and many other teachers teach.

(in this activity, students use erasers to count by 1)

COUNTING & CARDINALITY

counting from any number forward

counting by 1’s

representing numbers with objects

comparing number of objects in two groups to be less than/equal to/greater than

(in this activity, students can use the erasers to add or subtract)

OPERATIONS & ALGEBRAIC THINKING

subtraction

decomposing numbers (number bonds)

making ten (ten frame)

arrays

patterns

(in this activity, students use the erasers to measure the lines using non-standard measurement)

MEASUREMENT & DATA

sorting/categorizing

graphing

measuring in non-standard units

(in this activity, students use a small handful of mixed erasers to represent fractions)

NUMBERS & OPERATIONS: FRACTIONS

(in this activity, students use the erasers as spacers)

WRITING

picture stories/sentences

end punctuation

spacing

spelling

(in this activity, students use the erasers to cover the sound/spelling pattern, use them as phoneme tiles as they sound out the word, or cover the initial/medial/ending sounds)

phoneme tiles for phonemic awareness (initial/medial/ending sounds, sound segmentation)

syllable segmentation

recognizing phonics patterns (cover the pattern)

(in this activity, the students use the erasers to place them around an object to use prepositions, ex. “The eraser is under the fish.”)

LANGUAGE

prepositions

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How do you use your target dollar spot erasers? We always have room for MORE ideas!

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Jen is currently a K-6 math intervention teacher sunny Southern California. She’s taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th, but knows her heart is in primary. She loves to create meaningful activities that are fun and engaging for primary grades. To catch all of the ideas and tips Jen shares, connect with her over on Instagram, Facebook, and her blog.