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Classroom supply list

SUPPLY LIST/GIFT BASKETS

GRADES: K-12

This list was developed through the contributions of THT Guest Book readers. Thank you to all who helped develop this list!

MATERIALS:

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METHOD:

If you are a new teacher, use this list to help you compile the supplies you need. Ask first if any of these items are available from your school before you spend personal money on supplies.
If you are an experienced teacher, consider making a gift basket of some or all of these supplies to help out your new colleagues. Each person in your department might contribute a few items to make a new teacher much more prepared for his or her first day!
ESSENTIALS
    a box each of ink pens & pencils
    pens for grading in a variety of colors – not red
    calculator
    post-it notes
    file folders
    Kleenex
    hole punch
    pencil sharpener
    paper clips
    a stapler & box of staples
    lined & blank paper
    scissors
    a grade-book (MS Wizard also has some good PC grade-sheets)
    erasers
 
VERY HELPFUL
    headache medicine
    apple or a candy bar
    a bottle of waterless hand cleaner
    markers
    12″ and 3′ rulers
    gummed reinforcements for 3-holed paper
    pencil erasers
    a pencil holder
    a small clip board
    a key ring
    a tote bag
    a personal a coffee cup or beverage mug
    5×8 index cards
    hanging files
    push tacks
    calendar
 
NICE EXTRAS
    small size legal pads
    small screwdriver for glasses repair
    safety pins
    small sewing kit and tool kit
    show boxes to contain things on shelves
    a list of teacher websites
    pins
    teacher-tack (sticky stuff for bulletin boards- can be found at Longs or Albertsons)
    card stock scraps (found at PIP or Kinko’s-bindles for $1)
    a counter-bell (for getting class attention)
    scalloped bulletin-board borders
    two or three sets of punch-out letters for displays
    different lesson-plan formats to photocopy or change to meet needs
    planner labels that say “PERSONAL PROPERTY OF____”,
    book-ends
    in/out stackable trays
    diary
    Koosh balls-great stress relievers and can motivate students by tossing
    around class to encourage answers etc.
    Tic-Tac Candy
    Post-it flag tags
    thank you notecards
    little index tabs to put on the edge of a grade book
By: Gwen Smith, Fairfax, VA