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First Grade Must-Haves

August 17, 2021 by Korryna Sanchez

First grade isn’t just another year in school. And, we know there are tons of first-grade must-haves for the first weeks of school.  

Because, first grade is special, this is when students learn to read and write. It’s when you teach students foundational math and set the tone of all the big things students will spend their academic careers learning.

First-grade teachers are special, and we know just how hard it is to be a first-grade teacher. 

To make things a little bit easier, Education to the Core decided to come up with a list of first-grade must-have resources, supplies, books and some teacher treats for those Oh-So special First Grade teachers. 

First Grade Must-Have Resources 

These resources focus on a curriculum that is unique to first grade and ranges from things like phonics and math all the way to sensory skills.

  • CORE Binder – This is a resource that covers daily activities from classroom routines, math, and ELA.  These Classroom Organizers and Resources for Education also include social and emotional tools because we know teaching isn’t all 123s and ABCs.
  • Morning Work – Morning work made for the whole school year. 
  • Literacy Centers – 120 non-seasonal first-grade centers for the entire year 
  • File Folders for Math & ELA – A hands-on activity bundle that focuses on math and ELA. 
  • Editable Spelling – An activity that you can edit to align with your unique spelling lists 
  • Reading Comprehension – This resource includes 12 monthly themed fluency passages. 

First Grade Classroom Supplies 

We are here to help you out. So sit back, relax, and enjoy while we do the research for you for your first-grade must-haves.

 This is a list of things we think you might want in your first-grade classroom.  

First Grade Must-Have Books

Every classroom needs books and that is no exception in a first-grade classroom. 

This is a list of books in the first-grade reading level that might just be perfect for your students. 

First Grade Teacher T-Shirts 

There is nothing like waking up in the morning and not having to worry about what you are going to wear. So, to help you out ETTC found some cute first-grade must-haves t-shirts.

Here’s to waking up in the morning and doing nothing but drinking some coffee, brushing your teeth, and putting on a cute graphic tee! 











The school year is a marathon, not a race and there are so many stress factors that come into play as the year progresses. ETTC is here for you and we are dedicated to making things as easy as we can for our teachers.

The Teaching Tiny Humans Course is a free course that helps primary teachers navigate those tricky situations at school. You can expect emails with tips, tricks, and ideas for your classroom along with freebies and support from the ETTC team of master teachers. 

There are also active Facebook groups where thousands of teachers come together to support each other DAILY! 

Ask to join the Fearless First Grade Teachers: Education to the Core group for a 24/7 connection to your fellow first-grade teachers. 

Written by – Korryna Sanchez 

At Education to the Core, we exist to help our teachers build a stronger classroom as they connect with our community to find trusted, state-of-the-art resources designed by teachers for teachers. We aspire to be the world’s leading & most trusted community for educational resources for teachers. We improve the lives of every teacher and learner with the most comprehensive, reliable, and inclusive educational resources.

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