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10 Most Important School Supplies in Order of Importance

10 most important school supplies in order of importance

As a middle school teacher I expect my students to come to class prepared. This, among other things, means having their supplies. Here is a list of school supplies that students should always have with them put in order of their importance.

  1. A backpack
  2. Pencils (at least 2 and extra lead if they’re mechanical)
  3. Lined paper
  4. A binder
  5. Dividers
  6. Pens (at least 2)
  7. Sharpener
  8. Highlighters
  9. Coloring supplies (colored pencils, crayons, or markers)
  10. USB

As a middle school teacher there are two school supplies that we use CONSTANTLY. These supplies are the most important for a student to have, and yet they are very commonly missing.

They are — drum roll please! — pencils and lined paper!!!

The first week of school the students all seem to have plenty, but these supplies run out quick. I’m bothering even mentioning this for two reasons:

  1. Many parents assume that the school provides these to some extent
  2. Most people underestimate how much of these two supplies their child will go through

Once your child is in middle school/ junior high they will go through about one pack of paper a month. They will also go through about one pencil a week. If you can, I HIGHLY suggest stocking up for the year at the Back to School sales when the prices are literally a fraction of what they are the rest of the school year.

Supplies like the pencil sharpener and coloring supplies are just convenient for students to have. As for the USB, with technology based learning becoming more and more prominent, USBs are often used to save school work.

Basically, with these supplies your kiddo should be all set 😉



I am a middle school teacher and a mother of two. I have always had a passion for education. As an educator, I know that the children who are the most successful students are those who have families who support their education at home.

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