Exit Board - Made It, Tried It, Love It (Freebie)

I am so happy to be linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics (before I am even done school!!!) for her linky.....


and (finally!!) with my friend Holly at the Fourth Grade Flipper for her linky......


You would think that moving to a new grade for the first time in 15 years of teaching would have provided me with a lot more made its and tried its....and honestly I did make and  try a lot of new things this year...they just did not make it from classroom to camera to blog : )

So today's  made it/tried it is not something totally new for me, it is more of teaching strategy that I have used and kinda stopped using in the move to a new grade. It seems that in moving grades I ended up stopping doing things I knew worked, tried to figure out how to use them in this grade and then started doing them again!! The exit board is one of these things.

When teaching Grade 3/4 I was able to write down a short list of exit instructions for my students - a few quick reminders about success criteria, expectations and routines so that I did not have to answer the same questions over and over during a work period. But writing down a short list of reminders did not work so well in Grade 1...as some students were still learning to read. I sort of stopped using an exit board and used the oh so pleasant strategy of repeating the same directions over and over and answering the same questions over and over....ugh!!

So it was time to make a few changes and bring back the exit board. I loved how my teaching partner ran her exit board and stole some of her ideas and added my own style.

So here is what I am trying (with success I might add!).

I am still using headings....

But now I am also giving students visuals of the tools they need (this is the part that I stole from my teaching partner). I am using the actual tools that they use. I just hot glued some magnets to the back of the tool and bippity boppity boo - a great visual reference is achieved.

I use a magnetic clip to show them the duotang or book their work goes in (cause they still ask which book during math...um your math book....the blue one we have used all year!!).

I do use some word prompts, but we spent time going over them and what they mean in our classroom and they are very short so they are working out really well.

 I printed my headers and prompts on magnetic sheets (which everyone knows I love). I love the clean look of the magnetic sheets. You could print, laminate and attach a magnet to the headers and prompts though. When I print on magnetic sheets and then cut them they do curl up a bit - I just hold the magnetic piece down with....more magnets until I achieve a nice flat item and it is good to go.

If you are interested in trying an exit board with the headers and prompts I made (sorry you will need to make your own tools!!) you can pick up a free copy here.


  1. WOW! There are so many great ideas here! Thank you for sharing, I will be sharing this with my teaching partner (we teach first also), and who knows, maybe a future Monday Made It. Happy summer!

  2. I have no clue what you are talking about when you say that you said the same thing over and over again. I have no clue what you are talking about when you say that you said the same thing over and over again. Do you see what I did there? LOL! The visuals are my favorite part!!! I think I should do this with my fifthies!!!!! I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. This is like organization HEAVEN!! My 4th graders could use this for sure (some WAY more than others LOL). Thanks so much for linking up. Crazy busy time of the year! XXOO
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. I love your exit board ideas! The visuals are great!
    Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  5. These are amazing! I've taught both Firsties and fourth and it never changes...they still keep asking over...and over...and ... well you get the picture...lol
    Thanks for the freebie...It's ready to print and laminate then...magnet the backs.
    Thanks again...did I just repeat myself...voluntarily???

  6. Love this idea. I am planning on tweaking it to work on my library.
    Where's the best place to get the magnetic sheets? I want to give that a try. We haven't had a working laminator since Spring 2014 : (


    1. I buy them at Staples (Business Depot) or Walmart. I would think Office Depot would be a good place to check too!

  7. I love, love, love this! I am doing this next year! Great idea!!

    A Tall Drink of Water


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