My Classroom Must-Haves for Students & Teachers

During the last few weeks of school each school year, many teachers learn they will be changing grade levels in the coming school year. This often sparks the question…”What should I stock up on to get my classroom ready for my new grade level?”

This frequently-asked question inspired me to feature a series of stories on my Instagram account called the Classroom Must-Haves Instastory Series. Throughout this week-long series, I featured classroom must-haves that my students and I use most frequently. Now that the series is over, I am taking the time to post everything I shared in one place for ongoing reference.

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Here’s what you’ll find below:

  • Five classroom must-have categories
  • The video clips from my Instagram Classroom Must Haves Series for each category
  • A list of each of the must-haves featured in each video clip with affiliate links for your shopping convenience

Classroom Library Books

Links To Must-Have Second Grade Books Links To Must-Have Third Grade Books Links To Must-Have Fourth Grade Books

Classroom Teaching & Skill Practice Apps & Websites

Links To All Must-Have Classroom Apps & Websites
Here are the links to each of my favorite student apps and websites. They are listed in the same order they appear in the video above, along with a description of what I use them for in my classroom.

  • Educreations – (website & app) interactive whiteboard & screencasting tool
  • Quick Math – (app) builds mental math skills, students use their finger to “handwrite” answers
  • Epic – (app) ebook and audiobook library
  • Hungry Fish – (app) boosts addition and subtraction fact fluency
  • BrainPop – (website) animated educational videos for each subject area. Use Brainpop Jr. for K-3.
  • Khan Academy – (website) expert-created videos for every subject area and grade level
  • Learn Zillion – (website) digital video lessons aligned to Common Core standards for Math and ELA
  • Study Jams – (website) animated interactive educational videos
  • Spelling City – (website and app) – spelling, writing, and grammar practice activities
  • IXL – (website and app) adaptive skill practice for all subject areas
  • Multiplication.com – (website) free math fluency practice and auto-scored math fact fluency quizzes
  • RazKids (website and app) – online guided reading with interactive ebooks and assessments
  • Scratch (website and app) – free online programming tool to code stories, games, and animations

Professional Development Books for Teachers

Links To All Professional Development Books for Teachers

Here are the links to each of my most used professional development books. They are listed in the same order they appear in the story, along with a description of what I use them for in my classroom.

    • Number Talks – building mental math and computation strategies
    • Words Their Way – word work assessments, grouping strategies, and activities to boost literacy skills

Classroom Organizational Tools

Links To All Must-Have Organization Tools

Here are the links to each of my organizational faves. They are listed in the same order they appear in the story, along with a description of what I use them for in my classroom.

Links To All Must-Have Labels

Here are the labels and other items featured in the story that you can find in my TPT store:

Classroom Manipulatives

Links To All Must-Have Manipulatives

What Are Your Classroom Must-Haves?

I’m always looking for new ideas for my classroom. If you have a favorite classroom tool or resource to share, please comment below.

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    1. Hi Ana, I do allow students to store things inside their desk. The best way I’ve found to keep them organized is by using a classroom job called Desk Elves. Each day during Tidy Up Time, the desk elves are responsible for checking the desks to make sure there are no loose papers, extra supplies, or trinkets. If they see the desk is clean and organized, they dismiss the student to go do their class job, if the desk is unorganized, the student who sits at that desk must organize it before being rechecked by the desk elves. Here is the classroom job/economy system I use to motivate students to be responsible for keeping our classroom clean.
      I hope this is helpful.

I’m Laura Santos

I’ve been an elementary teacher for ten years, and love sharing tips and resources that make differentiated learning more manageable for you. Thank you for visiting.

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