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25 Elementary Teacher Must Have Teaching Supplies

At the beginning of the school year, you need to stock your classroom with the supplies that you’ll need. When you have everything at your disposal, you can simplify your day. So what are the must have teaching supplies you should start gathering? Check out this list with a few helpful tips to help you get started.

  1. Pencils and pens- Not all pencils are made the same. A lot of teachers agree that the Ticonderoga #2 pencil is the best choice, because it’s long lasting and won’t get eaten up by the pencil sharpener. You could also get mechanical pencils if you don’t want to worry about a pencil sharpener. For pens, have lots of different colors at your disposal for writing notes, grading papers, and more.
  2. Coloring supplies- Rather than purchasing cheap brands of crayons, markers, paint, colored pencils, and highlighters from the dollar store, go for the best brands that will last for a longer time.
  3. Staples and stapler- There are lots of staplers on the market. You may want to get an electric one that will do all of the work for you. It might also be a good idea to look for one that will open, so you can staple things to the wall.
  4. Stapler remover
  5. Hole punch
  6. Index cards
  7. Paper clips- Have a variety of paper clips on hand. Large and small. Plastic and metal. Different colors.
  8. Pins- Safety pins, pushpins, and tacks all come in handy throughout the school year.
  9. Sticky notes- Choose a range of sizes, colors, and shapes to use.
  10. Rubber bands
  11. Rulers
  12. Scissors- High quality scissors will last longer and cut better. (I prefer Fiskars scissors.)
  13. Paper- Loose leaf paper, construction paper, and other types of paper that you’ll use in your classroom.
  14. Calendar
  15. Grade book- You may prefer to use an electronic grade book, but you could purchase one to quickly jot down attendance, participation, and other things.
  16. Clipboard- As you’re walking around the classroom, a clipboard is helpful to carry around your notes and other papers.
  17. Individual white boards- Save paper by handing out individual white boards to each student in your class. If you teach a grade that practices handwriting, choose ones with lines.
  18. Dry erase markers (or chalk)
  19. Adhesives- This includes glue, glue sticks, rubber cement, glue sticks with a glue gun, craft glue, and tape with a tape dispenser.
  20. Bags- Plastic bags come in a wide range of sizes: snack, sandwich, pint, quarter, and gallon. Consider having lots of different sizes available.
  21. Craft supplies- What crafts will you be doing this year? What supplies will you need for them? You may want to have string, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and other supplies on hand.
  22. Whistle
  23. Filing cabinet/Boxes- Keep your class clean and organized with a filing cabinet, boxes, and other containers. Don’t forget to label everything!
  24. Cleaning supplies
  25. Timer

Depending on the grade you teach and the projects and assignments that you do in your class, there may be other must-have teaching supplies you need. Start gathering these supplies early, so you have everything you need throughout the year.

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