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I'm moving down from 5th grade to 1st grade for the new school year. I'm know that I need to buy a lot of things for my new class, but honestly I don't even know where to start!

What things do you use daily, that you would consider "must-have" for a new incoming teacher? I've bought some center activities (letter/number puzzle; matching games) and books...but what else am I missing? What things could you just not do without??

Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!


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I will be getting an inexpensive document camera this fall and am beyond excited.
http://www.ipevo.com/prods/IPEVO-Zig...ocument-Camera

There's something I don't see many mention. You may even already use them! I use foldables a lot. They are so versatile. When we have a few extra minutes, they can make a book and fill it with whatever...spelling words, drawings, etc.
Here's a free ebook by Dinah Zike, but I got The Big Book of Books and Activities a long time ago.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/77370206/Foldables

Does your school have a reading curriculum?
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Word Work: Magnetic letter sets, letter tiles, magnadoodles, smelly markers, letter stamps, wikistix, cookie sheets for magnetic letters, Words Their Way at first grade levels, Systematic Sequential Phonics They Use...

Class set of white boards plus markers plus some kind of eraser
Class set of book boxes
Math manipulatives
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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Used daily:
My smart board, my ipad, my color printer, the industrial strength pencil sharpener, clorox wipes, leveled reading library, my pocket chart and letter cards for buiding words in small group, math manipulatives

used frequently:
play doh, watercolor paint sets, bright colored copy paper, cardstock, my Scotch thermal laminator, laminating sheets
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My must haves:

Ok I know you mentioned books already, but...Books, books, and more books. I have LOTS of books.

An easel for teaching on the carpet

pocket charts - a HUGE one and at least a couple smaller ones

Document camera (this is not a must have, but I use it a lot.)

Stuff for word work - fancy crayons (glitter, etc), letter magnets, letter stamps, letter tiles, etc.

Cardstock - I seem to use a ridiculous amount of cardstock. For printing math and ELA games from Teachers Pay Teachers or Scholastic $1 deal teacher resource books

Index cards (I use them SO much - words with phonics pattern, sight words, math skills...Kagan structures, small group, memory games, etc etc. I nearly always cut them in half so it's not quite as wasteful.)

Post it notes (I use them, the kids use them...they must always be on hand!)

My own paper cutter - I actually have 2 - 1 for home, 1 for my classroom

A pencil sharpener that actually works (Oh, and the kids CAN'T USE IT! lol)

Chart paper (big and small, lines and no lines) and markers

Individual whiteboards and markers for all the kids

Math manipulatives - if you're lucky these will come with your math program. I got pattern blocks, geoboards, clocks, and cubes with my math program. I bought coins and counters myself at Lakeshore.


Hope that helps.


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