Student Supplies


Community pencils and erasers are handed out and collected when needed.
Community pencils and erasers are handed out and collected as needed.

Students in Ms Boychuk’s class are asked to bring the following supplies . . .

  • 36 HB wooden pencils (NOT vinyl covered – they dull pencil sharpener blades), pre-sharpened if possible
  • 4 white vinyl erasers
  • 1 box wax crayons (Students sometimes choose bring a small hard shell plastic case or zippered pencil case to keep these in as the cardboard boxes are not very durable.  If students choose to bring a hard shell plastic crayon box, it must fit into their basket.)
  • 1 package of pencil crayons
  • 1 package of markers
  • 1 sketch pad (9” x  12” or smaller)
  • Duotangs with 3 metal fasteners (one of each of the following colours:  red, yellow, green, orange, black, light blue) – the yellow one will go home and back daily – make it a sturdy vinyl one with pockets
  • 1 twin pocket portfolio without fasteners – we will use this folder for our “writer’s workshop” folder (see picture of open portfolio from last year’s class); students are encouraged to choose a folder that has personal appeal – any colour, picture or design on the cover is fine

    example of twin pocket portfolio used for "writer's workshop"
    example of twin pocket portfolio used for “writer’s workshop”
  • 1 box of tissue
  • 1 stress ball/squeeze tool
  • 1 pair of indoor runners (left at school and worn indoors only every day; students are expected to leave indoor shoes in their locker every time they go outside and need to have a pair of outdoor shoes that are worn outside and are left neatly on our shelf in the boot room when they enter the school.  Please label all student footwear with names.)
  • 1 backpack (please label with name)
  • 1 small water bottle kept at student’s table

Supplies to label

It is helpful for students to clearly label their crayon box, indoor runners, sketch pad, outdoor shoes and back pack.

tower storage in the classroom for class notebooks, duotangs and other work
Tower storage for class notebooks and duotangs


It is not necessary to label all other items.  Our classroom uses tables instead of desks so most other student supplies are stored in community and are collected and handed out as needed.  Subjects are colour coded to help with organization at school and at home.


student storage baskets
student storage baskets

Lockers and student baskets

  • Each student has an individual locker in our hallway to store their backpack, lunch and jacket in during the day.
  • Grade four students do not use locks on their lockers.
  • Overnight, only indoor runners are left in student lockers.
  • In the classroom, students have a basket to store their sketch pad, crayons and reading books.
  • Students practice entering and exit routines 8 times a day!  They very quickly become masters of packing, unpacking and sorting supplies into proper areas.  Organization is an important student skill that transfers into many aspects of life and is taught and learned through classroom routines.
  • It is important that lunches and snacks are properly stored and uneaten portions are properly disposed or taken home each night so we do not attract fruit flies, mice and other such creatures into the school and the classroom.

Benefits of community supplies:

  • Students and teachers have fewer distractions because only the materials needed are at the students’ work station.
  • 30 additional minutes are available for instruction per week because we do not spend time cleaning desks.
  • We rarely spend time looking for “lost” items.
  • Class sets of work are always available in a central place for the teacher to mark.
  • Student focus improves; time on task increases.
  • Students develop a stronger ability to share, cooperate and responsibly care for collective supplies.
  • Because of the central storage system, students use less supplies.  Over the years, I have collected abandoned rulers, scissors, pencil crayons, and other items.  I have class sets of these items which is why the supply list for my class is much shorter than other classes.  🙂
  • The system of colour coding supplies (example:  yellow notebooks for spelling tests) helps everyone recognize that they have the proper supply for the proper task.

Attachment challenges to overcome when transitioning to community supplies and tables:

  • Students who are very attached to personal supplies sometimes take some time to transition to the community supply system and table system.
  • Some students attach to the idea of having their own desk.
Over the years, I have found that this method of organizing student supplies increases student learning.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Kind regards,
Ms B.     🙂
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2 thoughts on “Student Supplies

  • September 14, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Hi Ms Boychuk

    I am very impressed with your organization skills and structure. I look forward to you working with my daughter this year.


    • September 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Hello Ukesha,

      Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to working with your daughter this year, too! I am anticipating a great year for all of us! Thanks, again,

      Ms B. 🙂


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