Fiskars MVP Non-Stick Kids’ Scissors
$4.50. Available July 2016. Amazon, Kmart, Target, and Walmart
“The scissors are really easy to handle,” says Amy Bennett-Rosado, a second-grade teacher in Pomona, California. “The texture of the handle has a bit of grip, making it a great tool for developing fine-motor skills. They’d be a fun addition to a VIP student kit.”

Sharpie Clear View Highlighter
$9.78/4-pack
“Why didn’t we think of this?” asked Daily’s students. “My students use highlighters to text-map nonfiction text, and they highlight too far because they can’t see where to stop,” says Daily. “This will allow them to see each word as they are highlighting it.”

Five Star Flex 1" Hybrid NoteBinder
$9.99
Notes don’t need to be in a bulky binder, says Katie Daily, a grades 3–5 ELA and science teacher in Oxford, Wisconsin. “[The binder] was streamlined and so simple to use. I love how I can fold back the cover and pages. This would be perfect for our testing materials.”

Yoobi Pink Flexible 6-inch Ruler
$0.99
For early math learners, this ruler does the trick. “The non-opaque quality is a great scaffold to help little hands and eyes measure accurately,” says Bennett-Rosado. For every ruler bought, Yoobi donates an item to a U.S. classroom.

Post-it Weekly Desk Calendar
$5.99
Fast access is key with these calendars. “Students liked the fact that a whole week could be included on the front cover, giving them a quicker access to tests, due dates, and other activities,” comments middle school teacher Angela Lattin of Vale, Oregon.

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