The Ultimate Checklist For Setting Up Your 3rd Grade Classroom

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When your brand new students enter your third-grade classroom, they have already mastered basic reading and math skills. Now it’s time to build upon what they’ve already learned. As they begin to explore the world around them more independently, third-graders will make more use of supplies that allow them to complete classroom activities almost entirely on their own. Round out your 3rd grade classroom supply list with items that encourage kids to think more globally and inspire them to learn new things.

Here is our ultimate checklist of the top 40 3rd grade classroom supplies that every teacher needs to encourage kids to become active, engaged learners during the school year.

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1. Dry erase markers

Step right up to the whiteboard and get ready to make your mark with a rainbow of dry-erase markers. We’ve gathered the top ones (recommended by teachers) here!

2. Eco-friendly whiteboard eraser

Wipe away mistakes with an eco-friendly, washable whiteboard eraser.

3. Dry-erase whiteboard cleaning spray

Keep your whiteboard in tip-top shape. This convenient spray removes stubborn marks, shadowing, grease and dirt.

4. Push pin whiteboard magnets

One of these colorful pin magnets can easily hold up to 11 sheets of paper on any metallic surface!

5. Stapler

Keep it together with a sturdy stapler! This one is jam-resistant, making sure you’re not stuck taking it apart on repeat throughout the day.

6.  Astrobrights colored paper

This out-of-this-world paper is 20% thicker than regular paper and boasts vivid assorted colors for documents and projects. Plus printing on Astrobrights gives you all the benefits of color without the high cost and extra time of printing with colored ink. Just add black ink!

7. Pencils

Because every third-grade classroom needs an endless supply of pencils.

8. Pencil sharpener

Keep all those pencils sharp! We put together a list of the best pencil sharpeners as reviewed by teachers!

9. Pencil top erasers

Mistakes happen! Erase third grade mistakes away with colorful pencil top erasers.

10. Cursive writing workbook

Help your students master cursive writing. The reproducible practice pages feature uppercase and lowercase review, numbers and number words, days of the week, and months of the year.

11. Highlighters

Using color can help students learn and remember information. Arm them with highlighters and encourage them to better examine and understand texts.

12. Wide, washable markers classpack

Third graders still love to get creative with color. Washable and non-toxic, these markers are now made with an ultra-clean formula that washes easily from skin, clothing, and walls.

13. Glue sticks 30 pack

Non-toxic, easy to use, and washable with soap and water, glue sticks make it easy to put two and two together.

14. Scissors

Precision tip design and large finger loops make these scissors perfect for the third grade classroom.

15. Laminator

Reinforce documents or make instructional items tear and spill-proof. We’ve gathered the top laminator picks so you can easily save those first grade projects to take home. Don’t forget to stock up on laminating pouches, too.

16. 3-hole punch

Easily three-hole punch up to 12 sheets minus the usual jams. Perfect for adding papers to student portfolios!

17. Loose leaf binder rings

Keep it all together with loose leaf binder rings.

18. Flashcards

Flashcards make memorizing fun!

19. Plastic folders

Heavy-duty folders with double reinforced edges will withstand a year of third grade learning. Colorful and moisture and tear-resistant, these folders each hold up to 135 sheets of letter-size paper.

20. Composition notebooks

Let’s journal! 100 page composition books in a range of colors make it easy to take note of what’s happening in the third grade classroom and beyond.

21. Multicolor sticky notes

Because you can never have enough sticky notes on hand in the classroom. Check out teacher hacks for post-it notes in the classroom.

22.  Stickers megapack

Encourage, merit and motivate your third graders with stickers. Eighteen individually wrapped sleeves contain 10 sheets of stickers in all colors, shapes, and sizes for a total of 4,960 stickers in each box.

23. Bulletin board paper

Once you give Better Than Paper a try, you won’t go back to traditional bulletin board paper. This magic material is stronger and easier to work with than paper and it lasts for years. Plus you can write on it and wipe off the writing later, like a whiteboard!

24. Bulletin board borders

78 strips in 6 various rolls will direct all eyes to your classroom’s bulletin boards.

25. Self-adhesive dots

Wondering how to stick the poster on the wall without drilling wall? Self-adhesive dots to the rescue!

26. Tape

Tape is a necessity for a variety of things! We suggest the following: Masking tape is great to have on hand as it’s safe for walls and easy to tear and remove.  Painter’s tape  removes easily from drywall and can be placed on whiteboards for helping handwriting! Clear tape is also key for taping ripped papers and for craft projects.

27. Math posters

Introduce third graders to more multiplication and division of numbers up to 100 with colorful posters that encourage learning.

28. Kindness posters

Celebrate kindness with an inspiring set of classroom posters.

29. Storage pocket chart

Thirty pockets keeps your individual student files and documents neat and organized. Easy hanging on the wall.

30. Classroom clock

This clock is clear to read, colorful, and the minutes are clearly marked as students master the art of telling time. 

31. Giant sticky paper packs

The giant-sized sheets on these easel pads peel off like a traditional sticky note. Plus the premium white paper is thick enough to prevent marker bleed-through, but thin enough that it’s easy to handle.

32. Permanent markers

Write on paper, plastic, metal, and most other surfaces with these brilliant colors to create eye popping text.

33. Reuseable, dry-erase packets

Write on and wipe off (and save yourself from endless photocopying) with eco-friendly dry-erase packets, reusable for papers up to 6 x 9 Inch.

34. Clipboards

Encourage note-taking and observation in third grade with handy, individual clipboards. Also check out our resources for ways to use clipboards in the classroom!

35. Sanitizer wipes

No teacher wants sticky messes or viruses floating around the room. These dual action wipes feature two sides, one for scrubbing and one for wiping. Plus they promise to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. And check out our top list of cleaning supplies for the classroom.

36. Tissues

Runny noses and tears happen. Keep tissues at the ready!

37. Storage caddies

Keep 3rd grade classroom table supplies organized with durable rectangular plastic caddies featuring three small compartments on one side and one large compartment on the other.

38. Word Waffle vocabulary game

Increase vocabulary with… waffles! After predicting if the answer will be “a” or “B,” a player answers a vocabulary question and checks the answer key. If she predicted correctly, she keeps all of her tokens; if she predicted incorrectly, she must give half of her tokens back to the kitchen. The last player remaining in the game is the winner!

39.  Math supplies

Build out your math 3rd grade classroom supplies with board games, manipulatives, dice, and more from our math supplies for the classroom.

40. Giant Jenga

Build active teamwork skills in the classroom with a game of giant Jenga!

41. Emoji erasers

These adorable emoji erasers double as a fun reward incentive.

42. Charger cord holders

Keep your cords in line and organized with handy, (and cute!) adhesive charger cord holders.

43. Desk organizer and phone/laptop charger

Keep your teacher desk organized and your phone or laptop charged and ready to go with this combo desk organizer and charger.

Looking to add some fun new activities to your third grade classroom this new school year? Check out our long list of teacher-tested tips, tricks and ideas for teaching third grade.

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The Ultimate Checklist For Setting Up Your 3rd Grade Classroom

Posted by Amy Bizzarri

A 20+ year public high school teacher, Amy is also a freelance writer focused on education, women's history and travel.

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