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Our Back-to-School Must-Haves

Posted by Faith Mackey on Aug 5, 2022 9:00:00 AM
Faith Mackey

It's not easy to know what to put on your supplies request form. In this post, we will guide you through all of the classroom must-haves for your back-to-school lists as well as a few extra tips and tricks to get you through the year. This list is good for any classroom grades 6-12! 

Back to school paths

Student Centers 

Student centers are great areas for students to brainstorm, collaborate, and create! Here are some of our recommendations for what to include in yours: 

  • Colored paper
  • Colored markers
  • White-boards
  • White-board markers
  • White board erasers

Teacher must-haves 

Here is our list of some teacher-must haves, whether that is self-care centered, organization driven, or just something to bring you joy: 

  • Coffee/tea mug
  • Bookmarks
  • Sticky notes
  • Notebook
  • Planner
  • Binders
  • File folders
  • Dividers
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Snacks!



We know that classroom organization can unravel pretty fast. Keep ahead of the disorder by stocking up on these organizers.

  • File folders 
  • Organizers 
  • Labels 
  • Cubbies 


As we educators know, you can never have enough school supplies. Here is a list of extra supplies you may want to keep handy throughout the year: 

  • Extra pens and pencils
  • Extra paper 
  • Extra tape
  • Extra whiteboard markers 
  • Extension cords 
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes
  • Plastic Bags 
  • Index cards 
  • Label maker (here is a link to a highly rated and affordable one!) 


Some other great things to prep before the Fall are your: 

  • Classroom rules 
  • Setting up the class environment
  • Organization for the year
    • Order your files 
    • Create an emergency substitute folder 
    • Create a grade book
    • Set up your desk/workspace 
    • Make name tags or other student centered products
    • Set out school supplies
    • Create your first week of lesson plans (this will help to minimize stress for September)

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