100 Essential Teaching Supplies You Can Buy on Amazon

Pretty much everything you’d need in a classroom.

Best Amazon Teacher Supplies

Every educator has their must-have supplies for their classroom (and themselves) to make it through the school year . We’ve rounded up our favorite Amazon teacher supplies, from basic classroom supplies to sanity savers that make your day-to-day easier. See if your favorites made the list or find a few new goodies to add to your rotation. And check out some of our other favorite Amazon perks for teachers here.

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ORGANIZATION – Best Amazon Teacher Supplies

1. Plastic bins

Here’s a home for supplies, binders, unit lessons and anything else that needs to stay together.

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2. File folder organizer

For the files you need daily or weekly. Hang this by your desk for easy access and to keep curious minds away from it.

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3. Magnetic pocket charts

These come in a variety of sizes and have an endless number of uses. The magnets on the back let you hang them on filing cabinets or white boards.

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4. Caddies

Small buckets and bins like these keep pencils, markers, glue and other items grouped together in one spot and easy to access.

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5. File crates

Not every file will fit in a drawer. This is for the files you don’t need daily access to or to hang files your students need to get at.

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6. Classroom paper organizer

Perfect for primary grade teachers, this storage shelf provides each student with their own slot. All their take-home papers live there until they move them to their backpack.

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7. Paper in/Paper out

Students need a designated place to turn in their work and you need a spot for handouts to send home. These plastic baskets work great.

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8. Stuff holder

Classrooms contain a bunch of people and a bunch of stuff for all those people. Having designated spots for all that stuff is a must, and lots of little drawers really help.

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9. Magnetic hooks

Hang up laminated prompts, note cards on rings, clipboards and more.

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10. Binder rings

Keep related laminated sheets or note cards together, then hang them from one of your magnetic hooks (#9).

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11. White labels

Smack these on to folders, books or anything else that may need a label, ID tag or description attached to it.

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12. Magnets

Hang posters and papers on filing cabinets or white boards with no mess or holes left behind.

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13. Command hooks

No need to put holes in the walls for the custodian to get upset about. Just stick these on instead.

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14. Magnetic clips

With strong magnets on the back and heavy-duty clips, you can hang even the heftiest of anchor charts.

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15. Velcro fasteners

Another easy-peasy way to hang and attach things, and swap them out, too.

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16. Desk organizer

You’ll always know where to find your own pens, paper clips and Post Its.

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17. Paper lesson planners

For those who like their plans on paper instead of (or along with) digitally.

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18. Grade book

Recording grades with pen and paper is still the preferred way of doing it for many teachers.

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19. Clipboard

Keep your needed papers together in one spot and with you as you wander around the classroom or in the halls. A brightly colored one makes it easier to find after you set it down.

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BASIC SUPPLIES FOR YOU – Best Amazon Teacher Supplies

20. Flair pens

You’ve got a lot of grading to do and notes to make, and this colorful assortment of felt-tip pens is a teacher favorite. See some of our other favorite pens here.

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21. Binder clips

Use them as place holders in lesson plans or textbooks or to hold open notebooks.

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22. Post It notes (in every size and color)

For notes to students, notes to stick on charts, notes for coworkers, notes for parents or reminders to all of the above.

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23. Paper clips

For when a staple feels too permanent, and multicolored just for fun.

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24. Stapler

Like Milton in Office Space, teachers know the significance of a great stapler. And of course, this one flips open for bulletin boards.

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25. Hanging file folders

Keep all those papers sorted and in their designated place.

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26. File folders

Whether you’re a classic-manila fan or love to color code, those hanging folders need some of these need matter what.

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27. Clear ruler

For drawing straight lines on overhead graphs during math or any other time. Since it’s clear, students can still what’s going on beneath it.

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28. Personal printer

No need to dash to the office for a few copies. This wireless laser printer and scanner can do the work for you in your classroom.

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29. Laminator

This is a splurge that quickly becomes worth it. It’s one less trip down to the office, saving you some time or from waiting in the laminating line.

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30. Laminator pouches

That personal laminator is no good without these. They work for letter-sized paper and smaller.

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31. Paper cutter

Quickly slice through multiple sheets of paper from the comfort of your own classroom.

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32. Chart markers

For anchor charts or any other kind of chart you need, these markers are highly visible and smell great, too.

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33. Colorful card stock

Perfect for so many classroom needs and projects.

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34. Highlighters

Draw attention to text for yourself, a student, co-workers or parents.

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35. Kleenex

Because sniffles are rampant any time of year.

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36. Paper towel

Because spills and messy hands are rampant, too.

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37. Self-inking date stamp

So you don’t have to write it repeatedly and to provide documented evidence of homework due dates.

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38. Staple remover

Free bulletin boards of old staples quickly and without damage. 

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39. Three-hole punch

Now almost anything can go in a three-ring binder.

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40. Self-stick easel pad

It’s like a giant Post-It. Use them to make charts or lists that need to be temporarily displayed in the room.

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41. Dry erase board eraser

Clear the board for the next round of great ideas or inspiring lessons.

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BASIC SUPPLIES FOR THE CLASSROOM – Best Amazon Teacher Supplies

42. Pre-sharpened pencils

You’ll always need more pencils, and you’re one step ahead when they’re already sharpened.

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43. Index cards

Once they’re filled out, these become study tools, ice breakers, games or a great place for notes.

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44. Pencil sharpener

If you’re pro-electric pencil sharpener, this one’s tops. Of course, it needs to come with a set of classroom pencil sharpener rules so kids aren’t using it every five minutes.

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45. Printer paper

For printing on your personal printer or anytime you need a blank sheet of paper. 

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46. Sticky note flags

Use these to mark pages in books or lesson plans.

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47. Dry erase markers

These are low-odor and chisel tip for maximum enjoyment.

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48. White board cleaner

Erasers work well to clear white boards, but a spray-on cleaner can make it look like new.

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49. Wet wipes

Quickly clean dirty desks, tables and non-carpeted floors.

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50. Hand sanitizer

Let’s face it—trekking to the sink for hand washing isn’t always feasible, so use this to help keep colds and flu at bay.

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51. Timer

Keep kids and yourself on track with a simple timer that’s not your smartphone. 

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52. Ziploc bags

For leftover snacks, flash card storage and more.

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53. Glue sticks

Glue that sticks and washes off.

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54. Scissors

Get a bunch of extras cause they always seem to disappear.

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55. Kids’ books

Depending on the grade you teach, you may need lots and lots of these and at different reading levels.

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56. Glue dots

An easy, mess-free way of permanently attaching things. An awesome alternative to glue sticks.

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57. Colored painter’s tape

Colored painter’s tape is a great way to create boxes and charts right on the white board or to hang things up in a snap without damaging walls.

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58. Calculator (s)

Maybe it’s just for you, or for your students, too, depending on what grade and subject you teach.

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59. Snap cubes

These can be used to make three-dimensional graphs, as counters or for grouping. 

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60. Foam dice

They’re quiet while students roll them during math lessons!

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61. Inflatable ball

Toss this around to designate the speaker during class discussions, for a quiet game of brain-break catch or during geography lessons.

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62. Flexible seating options

For kids that need to keep moving to stay focused and to give students some choice in the room.

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63. A bunch of colored, numbered dice

A blessing for any math center.

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64. Dry erase pockets

No need to print zillions of copies when students can use one sheet over and over thanks to plastic covers and dry erase markers. These are great for writing, math and on-the-spot assessments.

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65. Magnetic ten-frames

Large and easy to see, these are perfect for demonstrations, math centers or as a classroom math tool.

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66. Individual dry erase boards

Pass these out to students instead of paper for them to solve math problems, do group work or during class discussions.

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PERSONAL CARE – Best Amazon Teacher Supplies

67. Leave-at-work sweater

For when the heating system acts up. For our favorite teacher t-shirts you can buy on Amazon, click here.

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68. Personal coffee maker

It’s hot and fresh anytime you want it.

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69. Ibuprofen

Keep your own stash for sick days or headache days.

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70. Tylenol

It never hurts to have different options when self-medicating.

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71. Extra shoes

In case the ones you picked in the morning turn out to be a bad choice or your closet light is broken and you leave wearing one brown shoe and one black shoe.

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72. “That bag”

The one that magically holds all your stuff—papers, laptop, gym shoes, your lunch, etc.

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73. Snacks. Like an entire drawer-full.

No need to go to the store. Just have them delivered right to school.

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74. Mini fridge

Lunch, snacks and drinks stay cool till you have a 10-minute break to scarf them down while working.

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75. Microwave

Now it’s even easier to eat at your desk!

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76. Comfy desk chair

You may not get to sit down often, but when you do, make it count with a soft place to land.

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77. Hair ties

For those moments when you need it out of your face and off your neck.

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78. Bobby pins

Get bangs out of your face or keep loose strands tucked in.

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79. Airborne

Try to stay healthy cause planning for a sub is hard.

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80. Washable utensils

Sure there are extras in the teacher’s lounge, but yours will always be at the ready.

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81. Electric kettle

Have hot water for tea or instant soup in minutes.

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82. Tampons

No explanation needed.

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83. Thank you cards

Nice to have on hand to acknowledge gifts or favors.

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84. Hand lotion

Lots of hand washing and sanitizer use dries skin out. This can help.

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85. Deodorant

In case you forget that morning or it’s time to reapply.

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86. Lip Balm

For anytime lips feel chapped or dry.

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87. Toothbrush/floss/mouthwash

Your job requires you to talk a lot. Sometimes right by peoples’ faces. Nuff said.

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SANITY SAVERS – Best Amazon Teacher Supplies

88. Wine or beer

A glass to celebrate a well-done day of teaching.

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89. Cord organizers

With the computer, fridge, laminator, lamp, microwave, etc. all living around your desk, you’ve got lots of cords to contain.

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90. Motivational playlist

Get yourself and/or your students ramped up or chilled out with help from free streaming music with an Amazon Prime membership.

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91. Vacation

Beyond essential, time off helps teachers recharge and relax. Make the most of your vacation by filling this planner to the max or leaving it completely blank.

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92. Supportive parents

If you’re having trouble connecting with parents, try this book or chat with your principal and co-workers for tips.

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93. Bluetooth speaker

Share playlists with the class right from your phone.

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94. A quiet moment

Maybe it’s two minutes before your students land in your classroom or two minutes before you walk in the door at home. If you have to force that quiet before the first bell rings of while your car is parked in the driveway, try these. They also have a built-in mic for hands-free phone calls and provide great sound when listening to music.

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95. Lamps

Whether it’s to give your desk some extra light or create a more cozy atmosphere in the classroom, a lamp is a great tool to have.

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96. Personal photos

Put photos up of friends or family and you. It’s a great way for students to learn about you, remember you have a life outside of school and brighten your day. 

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97. WD-40

Squeaky chair or desk? Take care of it quickly and prevent distractions with a spray of this.

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98. Basic tool kit

For those unexpected times when you need to tighten a screw driver or get at something tiny with a needle nose pliers.

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99. Amazon prime membership

Free shipping + ordering almost anything online = totally amazing.

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100. A good night’s sleep

Help yourself have the energy to educate lots of kids by getting enough rest. A top-rated pillow can do the trick.

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Posted by Elizabeth Russell

I'm a freelance writer and mom to two (usually) awesome kiddos. Raised by a teacher and married to a principal, all things education have a special place in my heart.

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