The Ultimate Checklist for Setting Up Your 5th Grade Classroom

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The Ultimate Checklist For Setting Up Your 5th Grade Classroom

Are you finally coming back to in-person learning? Been too long! Hopefully the 2021-2022 school year will treat our students (and us) nicely! It’s time to set up those classrooms and make sure our fifth graders are set up for success. Here is our ultimate checklist of all the 5th grade classroom supplies you’ll need to kick off this very important year of learning and transition.

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1. Classroom bookshelf

Classroom Wooden Bookshelf

Create a diverse classroom library for your 5th grade students. We’ve found the best bookshelves for any classroom.

2. Books

5th grade books

Now that you’ve got the shelves, it’s time to fill them. Check out our list of the 50 best 5th grade books. From Hatchet to The Giver, there’s something for every student on your list.

3. Growth mindset posters

Free Growth Mindset Posters for the Classroom

Fifth graders sometimes need a push toward a growth mindset. Inspire them to press on with confidence with a colorful set of motivational posters.



4. Operations with fractions and decimals

Fractions and Decimals Learning Charts

Make 5th grade math all the easier with a set of posters that includes a reducing-fractions chart, multiplication chart, operations with fractions chart, and operations with decimals chart. Also, check out this huge list of other math supplies to round out your collection.

5. Tablet and laptop charging cart

Mobile Charging and Storage Cart

Keep tech safe, sound, and charged up with a 30-device charging cart.

6. Jumbo playing cards

Jumbo Playing Cards

Sometimes you gotta just change things up a bit to keep kids engaged. Instead of playing a math game with regular cards, try these jumbo playing cards!

7. Magnetic bookmarks

Magnetic Bookmarks

Magnetic bookmarks make for a fun, reading-focused incentive for 5th grade.

8. Post-it Labeling & Cover-Up Tape

Post It Cover Up Tape

Made the perfect anchor chart but have a tiny mistake you want to fix? No need to redo the poster. Try this large and wide cover-up tape!

9. ORIbox Stylus Pen

Stylus Pen

With so much more digital technology in the classroom, have your students use this stylus when working on a Chromebook or iPad instead of their fingers.

10. Decimal Model Multipliers

Decimal Model Manipulatives

This manipulative is one of the best visual representations of the multiplication of decimals! Looking for more ways to teach fractions and decimals? Check out these games!

11. Highlighters

Chisel Tip Highlighters in Bulk

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

12. Dry-erase markers, chisel tip

Dry Erase Markers

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

13. Magnetic whiteboard erasers

Magnetic White Board Eraser

These erasers are magnetized, so you can stick them onto your whiteboard and find them easily for later use.

14. Dry-erase whiteboard cleaning spray

Dry Erase Whiteboard Cleaning Spray

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

15. Magnetic clips

Magnetic Metal Clips

Keep your whiteboard organized with colorful clip magnets for use on any metallic surface!

16. Paper clips

Paper Clips

Keep papers together with good old-fashioned paper clips.

17. Binder clips

Binder Clips

Prep those 5th grade packets with the happiest binder clips ever.

18. Stapler


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

19. Astrobrights colored paper

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!

20. Hanging file pocket

Hanging File Pocket

Keep classwork organized for each individual student with a hanging file pocket, which can be easily attached to a wall or even your classroom door.

21. File folders

Colored paper folders.

File away important 5th grade work with a rainbow of file folders. Check out our comprehensive list of file folders that will make you feel organized even if you’re not.

22. Pencils


Because every 5th grade classroom needs an endless supply of pencils.

23. Penciltop erasers

Colored pencil top erasers

Mistakes happen! Give students a way to erase them.

24. Wide, washable markers classpack

Washable Markers

Fifth 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.

25. Colored pencils classpack

Colored Pencils

Stock up on 240 colored pencils for 5th grade writing and drawing activities.

26. Glue sticks 30 pack

Glue Sticks

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

27. Scissors


Precision-tip design and large finger loops give more control and comfort for older school kids doing art projects.

28. Pencil sharpener

Black automatic pencil sharpener.

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

29. Tape Dispenser

Unicorn Tape Dispenser

Kids will get a kick out of this unicorn of a tape dispenser. Don’t forget to stock up on tape, too.

30. Laminator


Reinforce documents or make instructional items tear- and spill-proof. We’ve gathered the top laminator picks so you can easily protect 5th grade assignments. Don’t forget to stock up on laminating pouches, too.

31. 3-hole punch

Three Hole Puncher

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

32. Loose-leaf binder rings

Looseleaf binder rings

Keep it all together with loose-leaf binder rings.

33. Flash cards

Blank Flash Cards

Blank flash cards allow you and your students to make memorizing fun!

34. Plastic envelope folders

Plastic Envelope Folders

Heavy-duty envelope folders keep documents safe and sound.

35. Composition notebooks

Composition Notebooks

Get your students journaling and taking notes! These 100-page composition books in a range of colors make it easy to take note of what’s happening in the classroom and beyond.

36. Multicolor sticky notes

Multi Color 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.

37. Stickers mega pack

Emoji Stickers

Encourage and motivate your 5th graders with stickers. Over 1,000 emojis make it easy to express your current state of mind.

38. Bulletin board paper

Bulletin Board Paper

Once you try Better Than Paper, 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!

39. Bulletin board borders

Bulletin Board Borders

Colorful borders will direct all eyes to your classroom’s bulletin boards.

40. Self-adhesive dots

Self Adhesive Dots

Wondering how to stick some of these 5th grade classroom supplies on the wall without drilling the wall? Self-adhesive dots to the rescue!

41. Sanitizer wipes

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.

42. Tissues


Runny noses and tears still happen in 5th grade. Keep tissues on hand!

43. Storage caddies

Storage Caddies

Keep 5th grade classroom supplies organized with durable plastic caddies.

44. Desk organizer and phone charger

Desk Organizer and Phone Charger

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

45. Teacher mug

Teacher Mug

Remind yourself of your superpower with every sip of coffee!

Looking for inspiration as you plan for your fabulous 5th grade? Check out our long list of teacher-tested tips, tricks, and ideas for teaching 5th grade.

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