Checklists for Teacher and Student Materials
If you have materials that your students will need on a routine basis ready and organized before the beginning of the school year, your job will be considerably easier. Be prepared with extra supplies. Once the school year begins, student monitors can be in charge of these classroom materials.
Name Tags and Name Plates
Name tags are a good idea for the first day of school, regardless of the grade level you teach. Lower grade students’ name tags can be worn around the neck while inside (but not while playing outside, because of safety hazards). Upper grade students can use adhesive or clip-on name tags. Name tags should be easy to read, especially for lower grade students.
Additionally, name plates can be attached to desks. Most schools have desk name plates that can be used, and teacher supply stores have name plates that can be purchased. For students in the lower grades, name plates not only give students a sense of place, but also provide a model for their name.
- Keep the name tags simple. If they are too decorative, they are hard to read.
- Consider folding the name plates so that the bottom section forms a base and they can stand on the desks. This makes them easier to read.
- Have older students write their own names on their name tags and/or name plates.
Writing and Coloring Utensils
Included here are pencils, crayons, and colored pencils. Consider the grade level of your students when selecting these materials: Larger pencils and crayons are used in the lower grades, because they are easier for the students to manipulate.
- Students in grades K–2 generally use large blue pencils.
- Students in grades K–1 generally use large crayons (8 to a box).
- Students in grades 2–5 generally use thin yellow No. 2 pencils.
- Students in grades 2–5 generally use smaller crayons (12–36 to a box).
- Students in grades 2–5 use colored pencils.
Like writing and coloring utensils, paper is sized with a purpose—the more widely spaced the lines, the younger the student. Widely spaced lines are easier for younger students to use when they are learning to print, as they are just beginning to develop their fine motor skills.
- Paper for kindergarten students has lines that are spaced 1⅛ apart.
- Paper for first grade students has lines that are spaced ⅝ apart.
- Paper for second and third grade students has lines that are spaced ½ apart.
- Paper for students in the fourth grade and up generally has lines that are spaced ¼ apart.
- Plain newsprint can be used for math.
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