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Middle School Back to School Shopping Checklist

Schools and Education

Used to aid students in getting ready to go back to school

The Basics

  • Pencils
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Large pink eraser
  • Ballpoint pens (Get a few with red, purple or green ink, too, for peer editing.)
  • Highlighters
  • Spiral-bound or composition notebooks
  • Loose-leaf notebook paper
  • Ruler

Organizational Helpers

  • Several 3-ring binders
  • A 3-hole punch
  • A pencil case that fits in a binder
  • Binder dividers
  • Folders (pocket folders and folders that fitin binders)
  • Small notebook to record assignments
  • Calendar for scheduling assignments
  • Backpack (Some schools don’t allow rollingbackpacks.)
  • Combination lock (for locker)

Study Aids

  • Index cards (to make flash cards)
  • Calculator (Check the teacher’s policy on which type of calculator is allowed)
  • Protractor
  • Compass

Craft Materials

  • Drawing paper
  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • 4-oz. bottle of white glue
  • Scotch tape
  • Mini stapler
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor paints
  • Water-based markers

Home Computer Supplies

  • Printer paper
  • Ink cartridges
  • USB

Nice to Have

  • Water bottle (stainless steel or BPA-free)
  • Locker organizer (and other accessories)