Teacher Bees – 2nd grade must-have supply list?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

ellsiepig :  I would look into Amy Lemons blog. She has amazing resources!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I teach music K-8 so though I teach 2nd grade I don’t teach them all day, but here’s what I know:

There’s a LOT of growth in 2nd grade.  You have kids who start reading chapter books.  They are growing a lot physically.  They are expanding their vocabulary.  It’s a fun age because at this point they are getting more independent with their learning.  I do a lot of small group work starting in 2nd grade and it is fun to see them work together.  There is also a big step between 2nd to 3rd grade and personally I’ve dealt with a lot of emotional issues/helping them learn to talk to each other nicely to solve their issues in 2nd.

In terms of supplies…what are you asking for specifically?  School supplies?  Resources?  I wonder if you could get hold of the school supply list that probably went out before school was let out.  If there is another 2nd grade teacher in your building I would talk to them too in order to see what he/she uses in their classroom.  If you are looking for decor, teaching resources, etc, I would look through your curriculum to see what you might need to order or maybe even purchase yourself.

If I were in your shoes I would spend some time studying curriculum maps and thinking about the trajectory of your year.  I wouldn’t necessarily invest in resources at this point, at least until you know what you have available to you.  You never know if the previous teacher left you materials for decor and/or resources until you go through the classroom.

I will also say I’m going into my 3rd year at my current school and I’m just now figuring out what I have in my classroom.  I finally was able to dig into every cabinet and dig stuff out.  I’m actually amazed at the amount of supplies that I already have, and I’m sure you will too.  Talk to the principal, the other 2nd grade teacher (if there is another in your school) and the 1st/3rd grade teachers to see what you have available to you.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Your best resources are likely going to be your colleagues, as they will know how your school operates and what types of things are expected for pacing and your daily schedule. In my building we have a master schedule so teachers don’t decide a schedule for their own room, and even if you do have some say in it you likely need to plan around things like library time, specials (art, music, PE) and so on. Schools vary SO much, even within the same district!

The biggest investments I have made when starting a new grade level are supplies for my classroom library…a wide range of texts, shelves, book boxes or bags, etc. as literacy is so so important in the primary grades. Hit up yard sales, consignment stores, FB for sale pages, etc. for books and other larger classroom materials that can add up quickly!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

One more piece of advice–I agree with PP, try as much as you can to not buy things because you think you *might* use them, such as manipulatives, art supplies, etc. When I first started teaching several years ago I filled my closet with tons of stuff, and now I’m moving to first grade and I’ve ended up throwing away or giving away SO much stuff that I never came close to using! 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

a friend of mine teaches 2nd grade.  I don’t have much I can say regarding her curriculum etc.. BUT I will say that she has realized that the kids love some things that she finds so funny she’s shared with me.

1. they are obsessed with this ikea stool she has.  They will finish their work quickly in order to be the first one to get to go read on the ikea stool.

2. they love cleaning.  She will get bring in paper towels and a very mild all-surface spray and have everyone spray their towels a couple times and the entire class will go on a wipe-down spree. They love it.  It’s bizarre and awesome.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

ellsiepig :  Ok, in that case I would look at the school supply list.  For example our kindergarten teacher has the kids bring a large white binder in and that acts as their calendar.  They do all kinds of activities with it such as recording the daily weather, working on days of the week, working on months of the year, etc.  They use it every day all year long and it’s the kids who bring the binders in.  I would also go in to check the office supplies that are available to you.  For example I was considering ordering a classroom set of clipboards for this coming year (I don’t have desks and it can be a hasle to take quizzes on the information or take notes) and then I went into the supplies cabinet and there was a milk crate full of clipboards available for use.  You will also know as the year goes on what you could use in the classroom.  It isn’t unheard of to ask parents to bring in something mid-year…say you are running low on Lysol wipes, you can send it in the classroom newsletter so parents can send more in with their kids.

As for that organizer you posted, all of our elementary classes use one of those as cubbies.  Most classrooms in our school do not have desks, rather they have tables, so the cubbies are used for storing folders, extra pencils, etc.  Our teachers K-2 have take home folders, so anything that needs to go home…homework, newsletters, notes, etc. goes straight into those take home folders.  Ongoing projects are stored in the cubbies.  There are so many ways to use that sort of storage unit so I would go in and check to see if one is available to you.  Ask other teachers, ask the principal, and simply check in your classroom to see if one is already there.

For organization I use these a LOT.

You can find them at the dollar store and I usually get 5-10 at a time.  I also got a ton of cardboard ones at IKEA which I use for storage on my large bookshelf in my office.  For the classroom I use them for book storage, laying out the things that we will be doing that week (I have a set up with one per day and I put all the activities, worksheets, etc. that we will be doing for each class that day).  Granted I have a rotating schedule and it helps keep me on track, but that system might help you for planning and organizing.

I also have a file folder turn-in system for any activities that we are doing.  I found them at Target for a few bucks and it looks similar to this:

I have it split into each grade and so when kids are done with graded written assignments they put it in the turn-in folder for their grade.  This system worked very well for me, for every grade, K-8.  It also doesn’t take up any space, just a small spot on your wall, which I liked a lot.  Plus it’s super easy to grab the stack, paper clip them, and put them into my “to grade” folder on my desk.  You could maybe divide this into subjects…a folder for math, science, social studies, etc.

I hope that helps!  Like I said I don’t teach 2nd all day every day but by trial and error have found things that work for all grades, including 2nd.

 

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Bumble bee

amanda1988 :  I defiitely agree about the love of cleaning among the youngsters! OP, I teach Pre-K through the college level (I’ve been a college professor and now privately tutor Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school in addition to University teaching), and I will DEFINITELY say that cleaning is a huge motivator. I ALSO don’t understand why, but they particularly enjoy anything that they have to spray on tables or dry-erase boards that they can then wipe up. I would just suggest that you find a cleaning spray with the fewest chemicals and not tested on animals–if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, their All-Purpose spray is lovely. Additionally, there are a TRILLION recipes for making your own cleaning spray with vinegar and such. 

But, really, they LOVE to spray stuff. laughing

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