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Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

You could literally spend thousands of dollars on so called Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers, but since I am Your Thrifty Co-Teacher, I am sharing with you today a few items that will literally save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

All of the Amazon teacher must-have linked items that I will be sharing with you today are items that I own or have a similar version of and that have helped me run a more efficient classroom throughout the years.


Although Flair pens and Rae Dunn pen holders are nice to have and enjoy, they aren't necessarily items that help your classroom run more smoothly, so they won't be listed here. 😉

This blog post contains Amazon Affiliate Links which means Amazon will give me a (very small) percentage for each of your purchases without any additional cost to you.
These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

Teacher Must-Have Item #1: Guillotine Paper Cutter


This style of paper cutter cuts through multiple papers efficiently, and the blade lasts way longer than the ones that have a sliding blade.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Owning one of these paper cutters and having it on hand allows you to cut interactive notebook resources, such as mini anchor charts and foldable booklets, quickly saving both you and your students precious class time.

Also, when cutting binder spine labels or task cards, the lines are much straighter when using a paper cutter as opposed to when they've been cut using scissors.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

Must-Have Item # 2: Personal Laminator and Laminating Sheets


These personal laminators work well for at-home projects, and the sheets are also thicker and more durable than most school laminating machines.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Many times, teachers print out resources such as posters and task cards from Teachers Pay Teachers and don't have too much turn around time before using them with students. Having the ability to laminate at any time can relieve anxiety wondering if you'll be able to get to school early enough to use their laminator, or worse, having to go to an office supply store to get it laminated.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

Must-Have Item #3: Black Permanent Markers


These markers work better than other styles of black markers because they will not smudge and work on more types of surfaces than traditional markers.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Each year as we set up our subject notebooks and folders, I ask students to write their names on everything. In the past, they have attempted to write their names on consumable workbooks and plastic folders with regular black markers, but it smudged badly. Now, I have them write their names using a Sharpie, and we do not need to worry any longer about it smudging.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

Students also use them on projects to outline their drawing such as when they created idiom t-shirts during our design studio classroom transformation.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.  These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

Must-Have Item #4: Address Labels


This size label is much more versatile than other sizes and brings about 30 to a page making them more economical.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

These labels have quite a variety of uses in my classroom. I use them to label the books in our classroom library in order to be able to organize them in alphabetical order. I use Molly's labels and organization method which you can read more about by clicking here.

I also use the labels to create the students' name labels for centers, as well printing labels for all of their folders and notebooks to help them stay organized during the school year.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

Must-Have #5: 3" x 3," Standard-Size Post-It Notes


Just as like the labels, this specific size of sticky notes is the most versatile.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

These Post-It Notes work well for annotating in a textbook that is not consumable. It is big enough to write on, but small enough were it limits students' writing making them think narrow their thoughts.

Also, they are the perfect size for exit tickets.

Lastly, we constantly in class for our interactive reading logs as students record what they are currently reading. 

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


Must-Have #6: Binders



Binders are a great alternative to filing cabinets that can take up a lot of space and fill up with tons of unnecessary papers and supplies.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Binders force you to think in themes and topics and can accessed easily. They work well to keep all of your parent communication in one place. They help you keep all of your curriculum resources such as print and fold grammar booklets, assessments, and exit tickets, all in one place where you can quickly grab them to make copies as needed. They also work well for grammar work mats.  

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These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


Must-Have #7: 3 Hole-Punch



When looking for a 3 hole-punch, think what you will be using it for. If you plan to mainly or only use it for papers going into 3 ring binders, it might be best to get a hole punch that doesn't allow you to move the individual punches. I own two hole punches and I have to say, one of them has the punches that move and it always comes loose. It becomes very frustrating to hole punch the document only to find out it does not fit. 

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Having a personal 3 hole punch in your classroom allows you to quickly place papers in binders such as your classroom library log or in students duo tang folders such as their interactive reading logs. It allows you to keep the flow going within your classroom without having to place things "on hold" until you are able to make it to the office to borrow the one there.


These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


Must-Have #8: Page Protectors



I recommend the 8.5" x 11" page protectors and use the "multipage" ones for my parent communication binder, so I can insert as many documents as needed.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Page protectors are one of the most versatile supplies you can have in a classroom. They can be used to house resources such as grammar Play-Doh work mats that the students will use for practice. They make great personal dry erase boards if you place a cardstock sheet of paper in them. You can read more about the different uses for page protectors in the classroom by clicking here.


These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


Must-Have # 9: Stapler



When looking for a stapler, you'll want to make sure it opens flat. This will allow you to use the stapler on bulletin boards.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

I'm sure I don't need to go into specifics about this one, but if your school does not give you one, make sure to grab one yourself. There is nothing more annoying than having a packet come apart and having to try to hold it together with a paper clip before you can get to a stapler.


These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


Must-Have #10: Clipboard



Clipboards come made with different materials (ex. wood, plastic) and a variety of colors or patterns. This is totally personal preference, but make sure it is sturdy and large enough to hold a full size sheet of paper. Also, you'll want to make sure the clip opens widely and closes tightly, so you can hold multiple papers without them slipping out.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Clipboards make it easy to walk around and take anecdotal records on students. It's also convenient during reading groups since you can write on a hard surface without distracting students or having them see what you are writing. I also like to use them during our classroom transformations because it allows me to walk around with the answer keys.


These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


Must-Have #11: Ticonderoga Pencils & a Pencil Sharpener 



The pencil sharpener that I use is actually not an Amazon must-have for teachers, although I will link a great one for you here which is made by a trusted manufacturer and has great reviews. The pencil sharpener I use from Classroom Friendly Supplies. It is a manual pencil sharpener that will sharpen ANY pencil including those with that annoying plastic on it. It sharpens pencils like none I've ever seen.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Ticonderoga pencils are all the hype and deservingly so. They sharpen quickly, and the lead is extremely strong. I have never had one of these pencil leads break right after I sharpen them as less expensive models have. I keep a sharpened set a my teacher center to hand out to students that way I am confident that there will be no need for pencil sharpening while they are with me. 

As for pencil sharpeners, you may want students to bring in their own personal pencil sharpeners with a lid, so you will not have someone constantly up during class trying to sharpen a pencil. That being said, having your own personal pencil sharpener that works efficiently is an important time saver. 


These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.


Must-Have #12: Colored Highlighters



Be sure to have a variety of different colored highlighters available to you.

Why I Recommend This Amazon Must-Have for Teachers:

Having a variety of colored highlighters allows you to color code documents. First of all, as an upper elementary school teacher, chance are that you will be teaching text-based writing to your students. Show examples of your own writing and color coding different parts of the text will help visual learners see what a well developed essay should like. Secondly, when reflecting on data sheets, color coding them will make it easier to identify the different levels. 




These Amazon Must-Haves for Teachers will save you time, help you work more efficiently, and support your teaching in the classroom without breaking the bank.

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