Back-to-School Supplies for 3rd Grade Through 5th Grade
Before you run out and buy every folder and highlighter from the office-supply aisle at Target, check out this list of back-to-school essentials so you can send your kid to class with what he needs (minus the kitchen sink).
Pencils and erasers: And lots of 'em.
Colored pencils, markers and crayons: Most teachers will let you know exactly which coloring supplies they like their students to use. Consider getting together with a group of parents and buying them in bulk from a discount warehouse store.
Scissors: Ask the teacher about round-tipped versus pointy-tipped scissors.
Glue: Glue sticks work great for the elementary years.
Pencil sharpeners: One for the pencil case, one for at home.
Pencil case or box: To hold all of the above.
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Clothes: You remember how awesome it was to have great, brand-spanking-new back-to-school clothes, right? Don't forget to check their inventory of socks and underwear.
Sneakers: For gym class.
Name tags: Label your kid's school supplies, backpack and clothes (or wave goodbye to all of his hats and mittens).
Spiral notebooks: Pick up several in your kid's favorite colors.
Three-ring binder: These are especially helpful in the older grades to keep papers and homework organized. It's great practice for middle school, too.
Paper: Lined, graph, unlined—your kid will need it all!
Poster board: For projects and reports.
Calculator: Check with your kid's teacher to see what the calculator rules are.
Stapler: Keep it at home for stapling homework and reports.
Kid's dictionary: Dictionary skills are big in elementary school. So is spelling!
A ruler: One with both inches and centimeters.