Amazon has saved me a few times (okay, more than a few)! From having 40 student protractors overnighted to ordering 500 bingo cards for all school bingo, I’ve ordered it all! However, there are a few things that have made life significantly easier (or more fun)!
I’ve compiled a list of 9 of my favorite Amazon finds for 2021- for students, teachers, and the classroom. I have used everything on my list in my own 4th grade classroom- so everything has been student tested and approved! Check it out!
Do you ever have a reluctant writer in your classroom? Spark their interest with these fun story cubes! There are three sets to choose from- original, actions, and voyages. They are SO simple to use- just roll all the dice and create a story using the pictures you rolled. This also makes a great indoor recess activity.
Dry Erase Boards (+ Supplies)
I love using mini-white boards with my students, and even better, students LOVE to use them! We use our boards nearly every day in my class, so I’ve created a list of 5 ways to use mini-white boards in your classroom: practice math problems, free draw, spelling word work (write words 5 times, rainbow spell, write sentences, etc), have students write down key words during a lesson, and illustrate a scene from a book or story.
Looking to take your teaching to the next level? Google Cardboard is just the thing to do that! Pop a cell phone (I asked my family to use their old phones) into the Google Cardboard and allow your students to experience a city, national park, building, etc. far from their hometown. Find tons of Google Tour experiences here.
I have used several different lunch boxes over the years, but none of them compare to my Packit lunch box. I pop it into my freezer each night and it is ready to be filled with my lunch in the morning. My food is kept cold until my midday lunch. And you can’t beat the fun colors!
The Perfect Pen
The pen debate in the teacher world is always a hot topic. Whether you are a Flair Pen Fanatic or a Gel Pen Person, there is space for all pen lovers in education. I am about a 50/50 split on them, so they both make my list! They are perfect for grading, taking notes, or lesson planning!
A laminator was something I waited way too long to purchase. It wasn’t until I was entering into my eighth or ninth year of teaching that I decided to invest in a personal laminator. I have to tell you it’s not as expensive as you think, and it will change your life. I use mine at least once a week. I laminate posters for my room. I laminate signs that are going up in the hall. I laminate task cards, so that I don’t have to print them year after year. And I always have teachers asking if they can borrow my laminator.
For the Classroom
I’m not sure who loves these more- my students or me! I have four wobble stools for my classroom and they are used everyday. I have them at a workstation and it is often a fight over who can use the stools. I have also used them for students who need a little movement during their learning. This is definitely a must have for any classroom!
You can never have too many Expo markers in your classroom. This is the best brand and they have a ton of fun colors! I love color coding my math lessons and drawing (terrible) pictures to help my students understand concepts.