Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Tis the Season... To Run Out of Supplies

I find that by this point in the school year, many students are running low on supplies. Whether it's because they ate them (yes, I had a first grader who did just that), dismantled them (yes, my third graders this year loved to take apart their pens), lost them, used notebooks as doodle journals, or honestly used up their supplies, they now need some more.

The first time I came to this realization, I was long-term subbing in a first grade classroom and student after student would tell me they didn't have a ___ anymore. I started writing notes to parents in students' folders letting them know what was needed, but that quickly became tedious. So I created a simple check-off form I could print and copy. As students were working, I polled them about what supplies they needed and checked off the form to send home. It was so much easier! So, whether you are long-term subbing or teaching full-time, download this Supplies Needed Form for free and make your life a little easier.


  1. It's amazing to me how many people have become totally cool with the school providing XYZ supplies. Very good note and I will be using it to send out before Christmas break.

  2. Great idea - I say that as a parent and a teacher!

    I'm having a TpT giveaway over at I hope you'll check it out!

  3. Bring five or six sharpened new pencils with good erasers with you everyday. Also, bring kleenex and hand-wipes. These three things are often used as excuses by students to get out of the classroom or get out of doing work. You have to constantly be one step ahead of them. It's exhausting. Yes, I do care about students and education but don't care of the incessant whining and arguing over every little bit of work assigned. Why are they in school? Do they need reminders? I guess so....


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