You can buy clipboards or make your own from corrugated cardboard and butterfly clips. Here are a few quick and easy centers you can do with clipboards.
Standard: RF 3c
Materials: list of words found in the classroom, clipboard, pencil
Directions: Children walk around the room searching for the words on the
list. They can cross through the words as they find them.
Hint! A pair of empty glass frames makes this more fun.
More! Write a seasonal word vertically down the left side of a sheet
of paper. Can children find a word in the room for each letter?
Standard: RL 10
Materials: listening center, story tape, clipboard, pencil
Directions: Children use the clipboard for “remember doodles.” Encourage
them to draw or write all the things they remember as they
listen to the story.
Writing to a “T”
Standard: L 5a, W 2
Materials: paper, crayons, pencils, clipboard
Directions: Demonstrate how to make a “T” down the middle of the page
with a crayon. Have children write words or draw pictures
for things they “like” or “dislike”; things found “inside” or
“outside”; “big” and “little”; “real” and “pretend” etc.
More! Relate to science or social studies by having children write
“wants” and “needs” or “plants” and “animals.”
Four Square Writing
Standard: L 2d, RF 2b
Materials: paper, pencils, clipboard, word wall or dictionary
Directions: Have children draw a line down the middle of their paper
horizontally and vertically to make four sections. Number
the sections “1,” “2,” “3,” “4.” Ask children to write
one letter words in the section numbered “l.” Write
2 letter words in the second section, etc.
More! Write one syllable words, two syllable words, etc.
Out the Window
Standard: W 2
Materials: clipboard, paper, pencils, crayons or markers
Directions: Children look out the window and describe what they see.
After writing, they can illustrate their observations.
Count the Room
Materials: list of common classroom objects (chairs, boys, girls,
teachers, computers, puppets, noses, shoes – you can make this
funny and challenging!)
Directions: Children walk around the room, count the objects, and write
their response on the line.
Materials: list of two and three dimensional shapes
Directions: Children walk around the room and hunt for the shapes on their
list. They can draw or write a description of the shape when
they find it.