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Amazon Prime for Teachers

If you’re like me, Amazon Prime is your go-to for almost
everything. Why spend time going to a store and strolling the aisles in search
of what you need? With Amazon, you can quickly locate what you need (and what
you don’t need) and have it delivered to your home within 48 hours. But, Amazon
not only makes personal shopping easy. Amazon Prime for teachers also makes
classroom shopping a breeze.

In this post, I will share my favorite Amazon Prime deals
for the classroom and ways Amazon is helping teachers.

*This post contains affiliate links.

Amazon Teaching Resources

When going to Amazon Prime for teachers, you can quickly and easily find many of the resources and tools needed for the classroom. Best of all, Amazon is typically cheaper than most teacher stores. Amazon Prime also offers free two-day shipping on most products. Here are my top Amazon Prime purchases for teachers and how I use them in my classroom.

Individual Whiteboards

Without a doubt, my absolute favorite classroom tools are individual whiteboards. I use these for so much in my classroom. Here are just a few examples:

  • During guided instruction, students write
    responses and complete activities on the individual whiteboards.
  • During partner work, students write their
    answers on their individual whiteboards. Then, they swap boards and check each
    other’s work.
  • For a form of formative assessment, play a game
    where you display questions on a SMART Board. Give students a limited amount of
    time to write their responses on an individual board or a team board. When time
    is up, students hold up their boards. Those with the correct answer earn
    points.

Individual whiteboards provide a new way to perform activities students often do every day. I have found that students are way more engaged when they can write responses on whiteboards.

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Dry Erase Markers

If you have individual whiteboards, you also have to have something for students to write with. I use Expo markers. They can be purchased in a variety of colors. You may be wondering, “what about erasers?” Well, this is one area where you can save your money. I cut up old shirts and towels that I have lying around the house. Then, I have students use those as erasers.

Highlighters

Another type of marker I cannot live without in my classroom is a highlighter. As an upper elementary teacher, highlighters can be a handy tool for teaching math and ELA.

For math, I use highlighters to help students understand
place value. Students can just highlight one place value when stacking numbers
to solve a problem or can use different colors to highlight different place
values.

For ELA, I use highlighters to help with test prep. I have trained my students to highlight certain things whenever they are given a passage to read. For example, they may highlight things such as the title, paragraph numbers, vocabulary, and text features. Highlighting these things makes it easier for them to answer comprehension questions.

Whatever subjects you teach, highlighters are a must for
upper elementary!

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Students use highlighters to highlight important information that might be used to answer comprehension questions.
Click here to find this Ruby Bridges passage and task cards.

Construction Paper

Anyone else like using things such as foldables and sorts to help students review information? If so, that means you will need lots of construction paper throughout the school year. I like to stock up on both the standard 9 x 12 construction paper as well as the larger 12 x 18 construction paper. Having both available opens the door for even more types of projects and foldables throughout the year!

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If you plan to have your students create foldables, you will need construction paper!

Anchor Chart Paper

I often see the most beautiful teacher-created anchor charts on Pinterest and Instagram. Unfortunately, I am not artsy enough to create anchor charts like those, but anchor chart paper still serves a purpose in my classroom. I often use anchor chart paper during guided instruction for math and ELA. Having the notes for each group on anchor chart paper is helpful because I can pull those notes out for each group from day to day. If I write the notes on a whiteboard, they get erased and I can’t reuse them.

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Here is an example of a test prep anchor chart I use in my classroom.

Pencils

As a teacher, you can never have too many pencils! I like to stock up at the beginning of the school year. I determine how many pencils I have and divide those by the number of weeks in the school year. Then, I only distribute the number of pencils I know I have available each week. Using this system, I never run out of pencils halfway through the year.

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Notice how some of the pencils have blue tape? I wrap colorful tape around the tops of all my pencils to make sure they stay in my classroom.

Amazon Prime Deals for Organization

When searching Amazon Prime for teachers, there are more than just tools that can be used as part of instruction. Amazon Prime also offers tools and resources to help with organization and planning.

Storage Bins

I am one of those strange people who loves to organize
things. Seriously, I could spend all afternoon organizing an area of my
classroom and have fun doing it! For this reason, I like organizational tools
that make the planning process easy.

I always have at least two of these three drawer plastic storage containers in my classroom at all times. I label each drawer with a day of the week. Then, I put all the materials I need to teach for each day in the appropriate drawer. This could include things like worksheets, books, and/or materials I need for a center. This storage tool has made planning and organization so much easier in my classroom!

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Photo Storage Boxes

Another organizational tool that I cannot live without are photo storage boxes. While the average person uses them to store pictures, these storage containers serve many other purposes in the classroom. For example, I love using task cards to review. To keep all my task card sets from getting mixed up, I store each set in one of the photo storage boxes. These boxes are also a great way of storing math centers or materials for a STEM challenge. Amazon Prime offers clear boxes and colorful boxes.

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I use photo storage boxes to store my task card sets.
Click here to get these Fraction Word Problem Task Cards for free!

Magazine Holders

Not only is it important for teachers to stay organized, but it is also important for students to stay organized. I am a big believer that students should have time to read for fun each day. But, it is super frustrating when students waste that time “looking for a book to read.” To solve that problem, I have all students keep a book bin throughout the year. All book bins are stored in one area of the room. Each student must always have reading materials readily available in their book bins. You can learn more about how I use book bins in my classroom by reading my blog post, “Daily 5 for Upper Elementary.”

These magazine holders on Amazon Prime make the perfect book bins. They are inexpensive and do not take up much space in the classroom.

Large Binders

When I am planning my lessons, I try to think beyond the current school year. As I plan, I try to think of ways to organize my lesson plans and materials to make planning easier the following year. One way I have done this is by creating large binders for every subject. Each binder is divided into units using page dividers. Then, I fill each unit’s section with all the printed materials used to teach that unit. First, I put my lesson plans followed by all the worksheets I used with those lessons. I try to keep the worksheets in the correct order. The last pages of each section are any assessments I used.

I like to use binders that are at least 3 inches thick. Even though I buy large binders, some subjects still require multiple binders to fit all the materials. Since I have started using this organizational system, planning from year to year has gotten much easier.

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This is the binder I use to organize my Virginia Studies plans and print resources.

Three-Hole Punch

If you decide the go the binder route for organizing your printed materials, you will also need a three-hole punch. I have found this to be one teaching tool that is worth spending a little more money on. When I have bought cheap hole punches, they usually break or are unable to punch through more than one piece of paper at a time. Eight years ago, I purchased a high-quality three-hole punch and it is still going strong!

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Here, I am using the hole punch to prepare my morning work.
Click here for fourth-grade morning work.
Click here for fifth-grade morning work.

Amazon Prime Devices for the Classroom

Amazon Prime for teachers also has LOTS of digital tools that are great for the classroom! Some of my favorite Amazon Prime deals are devices that simplify my life and make learning more fun for students.

Cricut

A Cricut is a DIY teacher’s dream! With a Cricut, you can cut out shapes and letters in a variety of fonts. Not only are the letters great for bulletin board displays, but you can also make all kinds of fun things for your classroom and students. Some of my favorites are:

  • labels for bins and storage
  • desk labels
  • gifts for students
  • classroom decorations

Laminator

At first, I was opposed to the idea of buying my own laminator. I didn’t understand the point of buying something that my school offered for free, especially when teachers already spend so much money out of pocket. But then, I became frustrated with having to wait weeks to get my materials back from the school’s laminator and I caved. A personal laminator isn’t able to laminate large posters and displays, but it does save a ton of time by allowing you to quickly laminate smaller materials and labels for the classroom.

Amazon Kindle

If you want tablets for your classroom, but can’t afford iPads, Amazon Kindles are a great option! The Kindle Fire allows students to read or listen to books. There are also lots of apps that can be downloaded to help students review skills they are learning in all subjects. This is a fun learning tool that students love!

Amazon Echo

Have you ever had this happen? A student asks you a
question, but you do not know the answer. So, you tell the student you will
look it up and let them know later. Sometimes, you actually remember to look it
up after school. Other times, you completely forget and the student’s question
never gets answered.

An easy solution to this problem is the Amazon Echo. The Amazon Echo is a voice command device. Ask it a question, and it will respond with the answer almost immediately. The device also has many other uses in the classroom. For example, you can use it as a timer or have it play music softly in the background while students work. The possibilities for the classroom with this device are endless!

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Amazon Prime Teacher Discounts

Teachers spend a lot of their own money every year, so it is
important to find all the best deals when making classroom purchases. While
Amazon Prime already offers some of the lowest prices and free shipping on
teaching resources, there are also a few other things teachers can take
advantage of to save even more money.

  • Free Reading Materials: In addition to free shipping, Amazon Prime also offers things like free books and magazines to members. The free book library features a wide variety of both picture books and novels that can be shared with students on a Kindle.
  • Amazon eBooks for Education: With this program, teachers do not have to purchase individual copies of e-books for each Kindle in their classroom. Instead, one copy is purchased with a license to share the e-book across devices. Then, the e-book can be synced across all the devices being used in a classroom.
  • Amazon Prime Student: Many teachers are pursuing additional degrees while they work. If you are a teacher and going to school, you are eligible for Amazon Prime Student. This program gives members six months of Amazon Prime for free. After the six months, members can continue with Amazon Prime at a discounted rate.
  • Amazon Prime Free Trial: If you are not a student, you can still get at least one month for free by signing up for a free trial. With the trial, members receive 30 days for free. After the trial, members must pay the regular annual rate.
  • Amazon Business for Education: If you are an administrator, make sure to sign up for an Amazon Business for Education account. With this, the school receives tax-exempt purchases, discounts on certain items, and free two-day shipping.

Conclusion

If you are a teacher, you need to be on Amazon Prime! Not
only can you find almost anything you can think of for the classroom, but you
can also find most of those items at a cheaper price than in stores. Amazon
Prime for teachers also saves time, which is something teachers are lacking. I
hope Amazon Prime deals and discounts help you to stock up your classroom and
save money!

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