Checklist For Organizing Your 1st Grade Classroom
First grade has so much material to cover! First graders are interested in everything and ready to learn new things. Your kids will embark on new reading journeys as they start understanding who they are as readers and develop into self-assured storytellers, problem-solvers, and flexible thinkers in math. You’ll need many classroom resources to help first-graders learn and develop to their full potential!
Here is my list of the top 50 first-grade classroom supplies that every teacher needs for a successful academic year full of aha moments.
- Organizer for classroom files
This ingenious classroom file system makes it simple for first graders to keep their work organized with individual compartments for name/project tabs on each slot.
- Book Exposition
Come on up and start reading! You’ll need bookshelves, and any of our other top bookcases—or these tiered, easy-to-reach shelves—are the ideal complement to any first-grade classroom.
It’s time to stock those bookcases with books now that you have them! From The Princess and the Pit Stop to Maurice the Unbearably Strange, we’ve compiled some of our best first-grade novels for inspiring pupils to read.
- Book crates
Readers in the first grade require a wide selection of books. These containers are the ideal storage solution for the books they’ll need for each reading occasion.
- Nameplates for students
More than simply a name line, these nameplates serve many purposes. They feature an addition and number chart, a number line, shapes, and the alphabet. They are ideal for designating each student’s workspace.
- Twist Timer
Visual twist timer, which is simple to operate. Students may easily anticipate changes between rotation times by using this countdown timer. Or go through our selection of other timers for the classroom!
- Magnetic hooks
Magnetic hooks are ideal for displaying priceless artwork and school projects above each student’s desk. They are hangable on metallic ceiling supports. Each hook should have a plastic hanger added so you may attach work samples and projects. Voila!
- Files with two pockets
Multiple uses benefit from two-pocket folders. They are ideal for holding the written work of your students. Put a red dot inside the right pocket’s interior and a green dot inside the left pocket. Behind the green dot are unfinished projects. The completed writing is positioned behind the red dot. Folders with two pockets are ideal for “take-home” use. Goods to “return” to school are kept in one bag, while items to “keep at home” are kept in the other pocket.
- Staple gun
Use a solid stapler to keep it together! Because of its jam-resistance, you won’t have to disassemble it repeatedly during the day.
Make teaching materials more rip- and spill-resistant or reinforce papers. To make it simple for you to preserve those first-grade projects to take home, we’ve compiled our favorite options for laminators. Stock up on laminating pouches as well, don’t forget.
11 Three-hole punch
You may easily three-hole punch up to 12 pages without the usual jams. The ideal way to include papers in student portfolios!
- Paper for bulletin boards
Most educators choose to use colorful material to back their bulletin boards. Consider upgrading to write-on/wipe-off paper that is easy to clean with a moist cloth, doesn’t shred easily, and hides staple holes. Available in a variety of colors.
- borders for bulletin boards
Create a memorable bulletin board using colored trimmers once you have the paper. The scalloped edging is a sweet addition. Some of the patterns are stars, polka dots, candy sprinkles, stripes, zigzags, and back-to-school.
- Colorful post-it notes
Because classrooms can never have enough sticky notes on hand, check out these post-it note tricks for teachers.
- LEGO Bricks
Almost all first graders like using LEGOs to construct things. They are excellent teaching aids in your classroom and are particularly effective for introducing various arithmetic topics. For every ability level, check out our top LEGO math projects.
- Math equipment
If you’re planning to teach this topic, you’ll need a selection of math classroom materials: games, calculators, dice, LEGOs, and other toys.
- Educational Clock
One of our favorite first-grade classroom resources is this clock since teaching about time isn’t always straightforward. This analog classroom clock makes it simpler than ever for your first graders to recall and maintain where each minute is since each quarter is divided into a particular color.
- Cans of plastic that stack
Keep centers stocked with colorful, impact-resistant plastic caddies with three sections (1 big, two minis). Additionally, discover the ideal methods to arrange your turn-in containers.
- Pencil Sharpener
We’ve compiled the top pencil sharpeners according to instructor reviews!
For a wide range of surfaces, teachers require a choice of tape. Masking tape is handy to have on hand since it is secure and simple to pull off. Painter’s tape is a teacher’s best friend because it can be used on whiteboards to facilitate handwriting and is simple to remove from drywall. Additionally, clear tape is essential for craft projects and for taping torn papers.
- Bright rugs
The rug reading time is still a favorite among first graders. One of these rugs with solid patterns and vivid colors can add color to your space.
- Spot sit markers for carpet
These carpet spots sit markers may be used in place of a rug in your meeting space to direct first graders where to sit. The finest aspect is that switching positions and pulling an unexpected switcheroo is made extremely simple by the ease with which the spots may be relocated.
You’ll need about 5,000 stickers to get you through a year of praising kids for their hard work.
- Smart Start Writing Paper
“1′′ space for little hands and blue, green, and red pictures help first learners accurately form letters.
- Dry-erase lapboards
With these robust, double-sided dry-erase boards, the lunacy of paper waste may be put to an end. Students will love writing and correcting mistakes, and you may save money using less paper in your first-grade classroom! For youngsters, be sure to stock up on bright dry-erase markers as well.
- Whiteboard erasers with magnets
Errors aid in learning! Make history by erasing them with vibrant, magnetic whiteboard erasers.
- A pocket calendar
A classroom-sized calendar pocket chart with 45 clear compartments for holding headliners and days will help you stay on schedule for studying throughout the year. Sixty-eight calendar components may be used to organize your days and weeks for the most enjoyment and study.
- A schedule for the day
It is ideal to have a classroom timetable in addition to a calendar so that kids are aware of the day’s schedule. This pocket chart includes ten schedule cards that are write-on/wipe-off, five blank cards, and one title card.
Clipboards support both individual and collaborative learning. These letter-sized clipboards have rounded edges to safeguard youngsters’ hands and are simple to stack and organize.
- A pocket chart for the class
Use this practical 34″ x 44″ chart with ten see-through pockets to store sentence strips, flashcards, calendar pieces, library pockets, class chores, and daily agendas.
- Sentence Strips
With three by twenty-four-inch vibrant sentence strips, highlight sentences.
- Alphabet wall
Use this large, 15-foot-long alphabet poster to reinforce letter identification throughout the school day in your first-grade classroom. It’s also printed on sturdy card paper so that it will survive.
- Number line
Post this number line on your wall or bulletin board to assist first graders in visualizing the number line throughout the year. Also, be sure to check out our number line activities.
- Chart of 100s
This 100s chart with distinct pockets makes it simple to view numbers, skip counting, and odds/evens. You may either fill it yourself to display on the wall or use it as a teaching tool to have students sort numbers.
- Magnetic Money
Yes, we also wish it were true. But this large sum of money is not the finest. With these vast, realistically detailed graphics on the fronts and backs, you can easily teach kids to recognize coins and notes. Additionally, they stick to any magnetically sensitive surface, like your whiteboard, to draw students’ attention.
- Reading Posters
We like reading, and we know your first-graders will too! This collection of reading-related posters is ideal for bulletin boards or the classroom library.
- Gratitude posters
First-grade kids need to learn the importance of kindness, which is why we adore these free kindness posters. Printing and saving for all eight are free!
- Push-Pin Acrylic Magnets
Magnets may be used in the classroom in so many different ways. These can hold up to 6 sheets of printer paper and are used as pushpins.
A classroom pair of these colorful, waterproof headphones makes integrating iPad and other first-grade technology a bit easier on the ears due to soft circular cups and an adjustable headband. There are many storage options available if you choose to utilize earphones.
- Wide-rule notepads
These 1st-grade ready composition books’ wide-ruled (11/32-inch) style makes it simpler for young writers to express their ideas and start journaling on paper.
- Board games
The board games are best for additional education. Students may improve their arithmetic and literacy abilities while learning to cooperate and take turns. Check out some of our favorite board games, like Hedbanz and Sorry.
- Sets of string lights
Why not think about string lights as a way to add a pop of light whether you’re designing a theme for your school or want to brighten that reading corner? The best string light setups are listed here.
- Safety scissors
It’s time to improve your paper-cutting abilities for first grade. Little hands are guided toward proper handle use with a soft grip, padded handles, and a textured non-slip surface.
- Class set of Crayola crayons
In first grade, coloring is still enjoyable. Coloring time is better organized since crayons are divided into various parts in the storage container according to color.
- Comprehensive, washable markers class pack
With washable, non-toxic broad line markers, you can quickly add color where it belongs and effortlessly take it away where it doesn’t. This class pack has storage areas for first-grade creatives, with each color separately labeled.
- A 30-pack of glue sticks
Use a classroom set of large, multipurpose sticks to add two and two.
- Chart stands for classrooms
You’ll adore this chart stand with its storage drawers and double-sided magnetic whiteboard. The chart stand is ideal for group and interactive writing courses when used with chart paper. You may utilize the magnetic whiteboard with other arithmetic instruments, such as your magnetic ten-frame set. More space is required? For keeping math supplies and other materials, the containers are excellent.
- Wipes and disinfectant spray
No teacher wants sticky messes, or worse, to remain on the classroom walls. The Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Disinfecting Wipes eliminate 99.9% of germs and viruses.
Runny noses do occur. Make life simpler by always having Kleenex on hand!
- Wireless charger desk stand organizer.
With this desk organizer and charger combo, you can keep your teaching desk tidy, and your phone charged and ready to go.