Ready to kick off 2020-2021 school year with 20 Amazon Must Haves? I’ve compiled a list of what I think are classroom essentials for this upcoming school year that might make social distancing and learning possible!
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Must have #1 – Anchor Chart Storage
I recently posted all about this amazing anchor chart storage solution that doesn’t take up much wall space. Must have #1 is actually two different products: Wall Mount Hanger Holder and Pants Hangers with Rubber Tips. Pictured are my Phonics Posters. Click here to see those.
Must have #2 – Shiplap Contact Paper
Oh say it isn’t so! But it is! I HATE contact paper, but after my little white table was turned into a graffiti wall by a little friend, I had to recover it or paint it. Even the strongest magic eraser wasn’t touching those deep scrapes and marks. This shiplap contact paper is beautiful and made the table look amazing. Click here for this contact paper. Please note that this says bulletin board paper, but do not purchase this for that purpose. I have even better paper I will list below.
Must have #3 – Rolling White Board
Again…all those anchor charts were taking over my walls, board, and life so I wanted a portable white board that I could roll and use as I made anchor charts too. This was the perfect solution. It isn’t too big and the heigh adjusts…because shorty can’t reach real high… Click here to see the details.
Must have #4 – Tissue Paper Flowers
No words needed. These flowers are just beautiful and make me happy. Click here for the link.
Must have #5 – Pocket Chart Calendar
I decided that I hated having my classroom calendar hot glued to my white board and I went in search of a cheap pocket chart. I finally settled on this one and BONUS it came with a calendar set! Now I might end up changing this a little, but I was shocked that it came with all the pieces. Maybe I should read descriptions a little more closely before purchasing. Here’s the link to the calendar and pocket chart.
Must have #6 – Long, Skinny Tables
With social distancing and needing surfaces that can be cleaned and sanitized often, I am SO thankful that I purchased these tables last year. Our school had similar ones, but they were all claimed by other teachers. I saved a few Amazon cards and invested in these tables and I couldn’t be happier with them. Click here to get the dimensions and other details.
Must have #7 – Shelves
We have to find places to store #allthestuff so I purchased these Walmart brand cubby shelves. They hold a lot which is a massive plus. Of course you can purchase from your local “Wally”, but here the link to the exact same ones on Amazon.
Must have #8 – Clear Storage Boxes
I fell in love with these clear storage crates from Staples. I like being able to see what is in the boxes. Here’s the link.
Must have #9 – All the BEADS
Amazon is the best place to order all of the beads and lanyard materials to implement positive reinforcement programs or goal incentives. I have a post all about what I do and how to use this alternative to brag tags. Click here to read the post and get all the links to the items listed above.
Must have #10 – Binders
You must have all the notebooks! These binders are sturdy and super cheap.
Must Have #11 – Magnetic Paper
Have you heard about printable, magnetic paper? If not, I might have just become your BFF. You can literally print on magnetic paper, cut and then display on your white board or anywhere metal else that needs to be transformed into a display. I print my Expectations on magnetic paper for my white board and it is right where those little eyes need to see their reminders. Click here to see the magnetic paper I use. Click here if you want to see more about my Expectation Display.
Must Have #12 – Doc Camera
If you need a reliable doc camera for next year that won’t break the bank, a HUE HD is just what you are looking for. It saved me so many time during our distance learning in the spring. Here’s the link!
Must Have #13 – Dry Erase Pouches
I LOVE this brand of dry erase pouches. I have tried the ones in the Target Dollar Spot and it was a #totalfail. They cracked in less than a week. These are flexible and sturdy. I actually use these as our “Take Home Pouch”. I like being able to see through them if parents send in money or notes. Link is here!
Must Have #14 – Backdrops
Give me all the backdrops! A friend and I had this idea to do a Back to School photo booth last year for Meet the Teacher. It was a HUGE success and it cost less than $13! For real! So cute! Here’s the one we used.
Must Have #15 – Alphabet Stickers
I love this extra word wall for my white board. These adorable stickers were in Michaels last summer and I had to have them. I laminated them and hot glued them to my board. Bright colorful and a whole lot easier to stick than to cut out with a Cricut in my opinion. Here are the stickers!
Must Have #16
YOU MUST have a glow party next year! It is the best experience ever for your students and is so engaging. You can pretty much review every skill imaginable. There are so many good ideas, that instead of just linking one item, I am linking my Amazon page with all my glow party goodies. Click here!
Must Have #17 – Bulletin Board Paper
Woah…don’t you go scrolling by! This isn’t your typical bulletin board paper! This stuff is MAGICAL! For real! Paper that is more like plastic that doesn’t rip, that you can write on with dry erase, that wipes clean, that doesn’t show staple holes, and SO much more! It’s she lovely? You need it! Go ahead and add to cart!
Must Have #18 – Sit Spots
This made the list last year and will probably make the list next year too! Sit Spots are amazing and now that we have to monitor our distance between each student, we need to show them exactly where we want them to sit. Unfortunately, my students are rough on items like this so mine had to be replaced for this year. Click here to see which ones I purchased.
Must Have #19 – Wireless Doorbell
Again, this made the list last year too! If you don’t already have a doorbell to signal when to stop and look or when to clean up or rotate, what are you waiting for??? Click here to purchase.
Must Have #20 – All the BOOKS!
Saving the best for last? I think so! Yep, all the books. You all know that I LOVE my books. All 1,893 of them (currently). I’ll continue to add to my collection…I mean my library, but I’m being more intentional with my purchases these days. A couple of years ago, I began paying more attention to the cultures, ethnicities and races that were in my books. I am making sure my students are represented in the books that I purchase these days. I teach in a very diverse school and my students deserve to see themselves in the characters they are reading about. There are way too many good books to list here, but if you wish to see my favorites, click here.