School Supplies Talk

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Hi. I’m Denise. There are many standard or common school supplies that students in the U.S. use. In elementary schools, teachers usually provide students with a list of required items. In kindergarten, those items might be things like crayons or glue sticks. By fifth grade, the …..

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required items might be looseleaf paper, binders, perhaps a calculator, or some other things. By middle school and high school, though, teachers don’t usually supply a list of all of the required items although they might give you a list of a few key items that students should have. If you are unsure, you can just ask your teachers. Every teacher will be happy to tell you what required items their students should have.

Today, I’m going to show you a lot of different school supplies that your teacher might want your student to use.

Paper

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This is standard school paper. This is called looseleaf paper. It’s eight and a half by eleven (8 ½ x 11). That means it’s eight and a half inches (8 ½”) wide. It’s eleven inches (11”) long.

This is standard school paper that most teachers want their students to use. There are holes on the left because they go inside a binder which we’ll see in a moment. So this is standard. Some teachers call it lined paper. Some call it notebook paper.

This is just plain computer paper. This is a ream. This is a ream of paper or a package of paper. It’s just standard computer paper. Some teachers require it just as extra supplies in the classroom. And we have colored paper. Sometimes in the lower grades, teachers ask students for construction paper. Construction paper is just a little bit thicker than standard paper. And, of course, it comes in different colors. This is manila paper, just kind of a beige, just a light color, but it’s also thick like construction paper.

Then we have lots of different pads of paper. A pad is simply paper that’s stuck together. That’s a pad. We can have small pads of paper, or we can have large pads of paper. This paper’s also lined, standard lines like this, but it comes in different sizes and different colors of course. A legal size pad is fourteen inches long, so it’s bigger than the standard eleven inches.

We have graph paper. Okay. It just has squares on it, easy to make graphs on. Very often students are asked to have index cards for … They’re used for lots of different reasons, often to give presentations. They can be lined or they can be unlined on the back. These cards are three by five (3 x 5) cards. They’re very, very common, three inches (3”) down, five inches (5”) across. They also come in larger sizes, four by six (4 x 6).

These are Post-It notes or sticky notes. Of course, they come in larger sizes. Sometimes teachers ask their students to have those. They come, also come in different colors and shapes.

This, something like this… Very often students are required to have poster boards. This is not quite a full size, but a poster board is something quite large like this that students often have to do special projects on. So, a poster board is usually a little bit larger than this, but it’s similar to this. Here’s another pad of paper.

Binders

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Over here, we have binders. A binder is usually hard on the outside. When you open it, it often has pockets inside, and you can open it and put the looseleaf paper in. That’s what the holes are for. So, the binder easily holds the looseleaf paper. Binders come in different sizes. This one is about a half-inch (½”) binder. It’s thin. Okay, here we have a one-inch binder, and they’re labeled in the store. One-inch binder. This is about a two-and-a-half-inch binder. They come quite large, a three-inch binder. But, again, the similarity is that they’re hard and they all have three rings. Often a teacher will say, ask a student to get a three-ring binder. This is what they’re talking about. Now, another thing that is used with binders … This is a package of dividers. Dividers are to put into the binder just to separate it. You can put paper in each section here. So, I’ve got a divider here for grammar, a divider for verbs, a divider for vocabulary. So, it’s just a way to organize the papers in your binder. Okay, so those are binders, paper.

Notebooks

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If we go back over here, we have lots of different kinds of notebooks. In high school or even college classes, often students are asked to get a blue book. There are also green books. All that this is, it’s a book to write a test in or to write an essay paper in during class. It has blank pages inside. Blue book, sometimes it’s called an examination book. It might be called a green book if it’s green. So again, they’re just books with blank pages inside so that a student can write a test in that book.

These are other kinds of notebooks. Notebooks come in different sizes. Here’s a small one to keep in your pocket from Oakland Community College. This notebook, it says wireless on it. It’s because it doesn’t have any wires on the side. Very often teachers ask students to get a spiral-bound notebook or a spiral notebook. That has the spiral wire here in the binding. Another thing to look … And a notebook just has again the lined paper. It has three holes so that you could put this entire notebook inside a binder, but it’s either spiral-bound, or as this one says, it’s wireless. These notebooks come with different spacing in the lines, and the looseleaf paper comes the same way. They’re always called either college-ruled … College-ruled means that the lines are close together … or you can get wide-ruled. Wide-ruled, a wide-ruled notebook or wide-ruled paper has the lines further apart so there… it’s easier for larger writing. So, if you can see the difference here, the wide-ruled has the lines far apart; the college-ruled has the lines close together. So these are different kinds of notebooks, spiral-bound.

Folders

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Here we have some folders. Something like this is just called a folder. It often has pockets in it. This doesn’t have any kind of a binding or any holes or anything in the middle. Sometimes folders do. This one has three holes and fasteners here. So, sometimes a teacher requires one or the other, either one without any fasteners or one with the fasteners. And these both have pockets inside, but this folder doesn’t have any pockets. This is just a file folder. So, that’s a simple file folder with no pockets in there. Occasionally, a teacher might ask a student to get a report cover, which is very similar to the folder although it’s … This one is made of plastic, but it also has holes and fasteners here.

Writing Utensils

Crayons, Pencils, Pens, Chalk

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Okay, let’s look at some writing utensils. Start here. These are crayons. Of course, they come in small and large sizes for children to use. They come in different package sizes also. Sometimes students, kindergarten students, might be asked to bring in an eight-pack of crayons or a sixteen-pack, a twenty-four pack, but these are crayons.

And we have pencils. These are standard pencils, and in school, always, the teachers ask for number-two pencils (#2). A number-two pencil refers to the kind of lead. (It’s actually not lead, but it’s called lead. It’s graphite.) A number-two pencil just has a number two on it. That’s all it means. It’s talking about how hard and how dark the lead is. If you get something that’s not a number-two, it might not be the right color or the right hardness for whatever you’re doing in school. So, these are standard pencils, number-two pencils. They have erasers on the end of it, on the end of them.

These are mechanical pencils. Okay, and for mechanical pencils you put your own lead inside. This is the lead. It comes like this, just lead, so you take your lead, put it inside there. These pencils are called colored pencils. Of course, they come in different colors. This is chalk that a teacher can use on a blackboard, on a chalkboard. Then we have pens. These pens are called ballpoint pens. Okay, that’s a ballpoint pen. They come in fine-tip or medium-tip usually. This is also a ballpoint pen. It’s just a different kind, but these are just all pens. Okay, so we’ve got pencils and pens.

Markers, Erasers

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We also have markers. Markers come in different sizes as well. We have wide or thick markers. We have thin markers. Sometimes younger children are asked to take into school washable markers so that if they get it on something, they can wash it out easily.

These markers, though, these are permanent markers, and they will say right on it that it’s permanent so you have to be careful with these. If you do buy markers for your children for school, make sure you’re getting the right kind. You probably do not want the permanent markers for a child. You might want the washable markers. And these also come in different tip sizes, so there’s fine. Well, that’s not too fine, but there’s fine-point and there’s a thicker chisel-point. It refers to the end of it.

These are highlighters, okay, that students use to highlight something in their paper or in the textbook. Okay, that’s a highlighter. They come in different colors as well, but teachers very often ask students to take highlighters to school.

This marker, this is a dry-erase marker. Again, this is a special kind of marker. So, if you’re buying for children, you would want something like this. If you’re buying, if you specifically need a dry-erase marker, you might get something like this. And this kind of marker is used on a whiteboard. Okay, this is a whiteboard. I’ve just written on it. It erases easily. Okay, so this kind of marker’s a dry-erase marker.

This is an eraser. It’s used on the board. This is also an eraser. Okay, this is used obviously for pencils. This is also called an eraser. So they all have the same name. They get rid of your writing, okay? They’re just different kinds. Another way to correct things is with this correction fluid. It’s often called white-out. White-out or correction fluid, that’s used to erase something as well.

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So, where do we keep all this stuff? So, young students might be asked to have a pencil box to keep all of their, or supply box to keep their items in. Older students might have a pouch. A pencil case it’s called or a pencil pouch. There are many different kinds that you can get.

Okay, sometimes the younger students are also asked to bring in scissors. They might, young ones will specifically be asked to bring in blunt-tipped scissors. That just means that the end is blunt or rounded. It’s not sharp or pointed like this one. Here we have a (I don’t know if you can see it.) Here we have a point, a sharp point, and here we have a blunt tip or rounded point scissors. Okay, so these things separate, take things apart.

If kids want to put things together, they can get glue or a glue stick. Often, teachers nowadays ask the students to take glue sticks. They’re obviously used for the same purpose. This one is solid. This one is liquid. They’re both glue. If a teacher does ask a student to bring in glue, it’s usually white glue like this. It’s not another kind of glue.

Other ways to put things together. We have a stapler, and these are staples. Each individual piece here is a staple. This is a stapler, staple remover. And we have paper clips, paper clips to hold papers together. We also have binder clips. Each one of these is a binder clip to hold papers together. These items here, these are called brads. These are brads. Sometimes in a class a student might have to work on a project and be asked to take in brads.

These are rubber bands, sometimes called elastics, usually rubber bands. And these are all tacks, also called thumbtacks. There are different kinds, but those are thumbtacks. When students are asked to take a ruler into school, they’re always asked to be sure that the ruler has both inches and centimeters, so if your child is asked to have a ruler, make sure it’s got both because they will use both kinds of measurements in school.

Sometimes older students are asked to bring a lock into school for their gym locker or maybe for their school locker where they keep their textbooks. This one is a combination lock because they have to put in a combination or a number to open it. This lock is a key lock. You need a key to open it. Most of the time, students are asked to bring in a combination lock.

Older students in middle school or high school might also be asked to take in a flash drive to be used with their computer to save data in the computer. And the older students may also be asked to bring in, or even to purchase at school sometimes, an agenda or some kind of a daily planner or calendar, and there are lots of different kinds, of course, that they could get. Usually they are larger, though, at the school size because teachers want students to become organized and to be able to record all of their homework.

And the last thing I want to mention is the calculator. In some math classes in the older classes, students are asked to bring in a calculator, but be careful that you get the right kind of calculator. This one is a really simple calculator and it’s not appropriate for the math classes or the science classes, so teachers often have a very specific requirement of what kind of calculator to get, so just be sure that you get the right one before you buy it.

Conclusion

So, those were some of the school supplies and the names of school supplies that we use. I hope that that has helped you, and if you have any questions, ask your teacher, or you can always just send them to me on this website. Bye-bye.


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Paper

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Binders

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Notebooks

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Folders

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Crayons, Pencils, Pens, Chalk

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Markers, Erasers

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  1. I learned many words from the tube wich i did not know them befor.

  2. Thanks! It looks easy because we use these supplies in the college classes and in the home every day, but I did not know the biggest part of these words.

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