I can't put into words how useful whiteboards are. You can do SO much with them and you can use them with pretty much any unit to reinforce just about anything. The awesome thing about whiteboards is you can give students immediate feedback and they can practice applying the things they have learned one question at a time.
I teach at two schools. Thankfully at one school I have a full set of whiteboards. However, at the other, I need to share with the other language teachers. They also know how useful the boards are, so it can sometimes get difficult to coordinate with them. Especially if I want to use the boards last minute (if I have 10 minutes to kill at the end of a lesson or even realize in the middle of a lesson we need to stop and assess understanding).
One very cheap (and colorful!) alternative to white boards are those cheap plastic plates you can get in the summer at Target/Walmart/etc. The only requirement is that they have a glossy finish and not a matte one. I went to Walmart and got 8 packs of 4 plates for $8. And they work just as well! As you can see from my photos below, you can write on them just fine and they erase really well. (*TIP: if you don't want to pay for erasers, every time you get a hole in socks, don't throw them away... just wash them well and they work as great erasers!)
Just be sure to get them before summer is out. They are at their cheapest now and they aren't always carried in the fall/winter.
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|Original plates in package|