The Ultimate Checklist For Setting Up Your 5th Grade Classroom

Everything needed for a great year!

Fifth graders are expected to be much more independent when it comes to learning, and during this year of transition, they’ll put all their knowledge to the test as they prepare for middle school. 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

Create a diverse classroom library for your fifth 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 50 best fifth 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

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 suupplies to round out your collection.

5. Classwords vocabulary game

Increase vocabulary with a fun game! Students give clues and guess grade-level vocabulary words while also building critical thinking skills with this Common Core and State Standard-aligned game. Find more literacy supplies to round out your classroom.

6. Headphone sets

Fifth graders use a wealth of technology, and they’ll need headphones to listen in on all those important online activities. These bulk earphones feature stereo sound and soft earmuffs.

7. Tablet and laptop charging cart

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

8. Magnetic bookmarks

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

9. Highlighters

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

10. Dry-erase markers, chisel tip

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 the top ones (recommended by teachers) here!

11. Magnetic whiteboard erasers

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

12. Dry erase whiteboard cleaning spray

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

13. Magnetic clips

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

14. Paper clips

Keep papers together with good, old-fashioned paper clips.

15. Binder clips

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

16. 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.

17. 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!

18. 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.

19. File 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.

20. Pencils

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

21. Penciltop erasers

Mistakes happen! Give students a way to erase them.

22. Wide, washable markers classpack

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.

23. Colored pencils classpack

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

24. 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.

25. Scissors

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

26. Pencil sharpener

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

27. Tape Dispenser

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

28. Laminator

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

29. 3-hole punch

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

30. Loose leaf binder rings

Keep it all together with loose leaf binder rings.

31. Flashcards

Blank flashcards allow you and your students to make memorizing fun!

32. Plastic envelope folders

Heavy-duty envelope folders keep documents safe and sound.

33. Composition notebooks

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

34. 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.

35. Stickers mega pack

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

36. 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!

37. Bulletin board borders

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

38. 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!

39. 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.

40. Tissues

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

41. Storage caddies

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

42. 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.

43. Teacher mug

Remind yourself of your super power 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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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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