Second graders are enthusiastic, curious little balls of energy. They have mastered the basics, and their quest for more knowledge is infectious. Whether you are new to teaching second grade or have been in the classroom for years, it is important to have the resources you need to stay organized, while enhancing the learning environment for your active little learners. We have collected the best second grade tips from real teachers via our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group and beyond to help you make this school year the best one yet!
Getting Your Classroom Ready
1. Create an inviting classroom
Need ideas to take your classroom to the next level? We’ve gathered real-life second grade classrooms for you to browse!
2. Gather all the supplies
Not sure what supplies you need for your second grade classroom? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this list of essential second grade classroom supplies.
3. Pick an inspiring theme for your classroom
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Classroom themes our second grade teachers love include: butterflies, black paper with polka dots, chevron, sock monkeys, owls, orange and teal, minions, and superheroes.
4. Find teacher deals on the cheap
Stores with serious discounts on classroom items recommended by our Facebook followers include Target, dollar stores, Mardel, Walmart, local teacher supply stores, Staples, Michael’s, Jo-Ann, Oriental Trading, Amazon, NAEIR.org, NationalSchoolProducts.com, and TeachersPayTeachers.com.
Here are some other tips from second grade teachers on finding deals:
- “Office Depot will match prices plus give an additional discount.” —Kitty R.
- “Don’t be afraid of seeking donations. I once got a case of copy paper donated by a grocery store.” —Carmen B.
- “Yard sales are a great…