Regardless of whether you’re teaching everyday from your basement-turned-office or you’re back in the physical classroom every other day, there’s no doubt that remote and hybrid learning are a unique challenge.
We checked in with what 5th grade teachers are doing to make online learning happen, and these top-requested resources came up time and time again. No matter what situation you’re facing, these are some tried-and-true-supplies to help make the most of this school year, distanced and beyond.
Writing Materials for the Win
You won’t be surprised to find out that most teachers are getting back to basics to make distance learning happen, making writing materials the most popular items for 5th grade project requests so far this year. From erasers to pre-sharpened pencils to composition notebooks, writing is still key, regardless of where learning is happening.
Creating School Setups at Home
One way teachers are making online learning feel closer to the at-school experience is by recreating student desk setups even from home. Lap desks (dry-erase and regular) are an easy solution to recreating a desk setup in almost any at-home situation. With a variety of home setups, the physical comfort of having a desk can help make remote learning feel a little more like school.
Access to Subscriptions & Technology
5th grade teachers have been requesting Scholastic News Subscriptions and Storyworks subscriptions to help bring distance learning to life for their students. Access to both physical and digital supplies make it easy for students to learn together, while learning and staying up-to-date with the world around them. With these skills being built at home, some teachers are also requesting supplies like Ipads and Apple Pencils to help students learn the key skills of annotation and note-taking.
Top Reads on 5th grade Teachers’ Lists Right Now
No matter where learning is happening, for 5th graders, books are as important as ever for inspiring world-building, writing, and sparking creativity. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but these titles made it to the top of the list for 5th grade teachers this year. Whether you’re organizing supply pickups once a month or supplies are being sent directly to your students’ homes, these titles will deliver the right kind of surprise and delight.
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
- I Am Enough by Grace Byers
- The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
- Hair Love by Matthew Cherry
- Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor
- New Kid by Jerry Craft
Looking for inspiration from other grade levels? Check out popular materials at every grade: