64 Classroom & School Objects

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1. Desk

  • Students usually sit at these during class to work. The teacher usually has one too.

2. Chalkboard

  • The teacher usually writes on this large, black panel at the front of the classroom.

3. Chalk

  • What do you write on chalkboards with?

4. White board

  • Often, chalkboards are replaced by these, which require markers to be written on.

5. Eraser

  • This tool can erase marker, chalk, or pencil.

6. Dry erase marker / Expo marker

  • This type of eraser is specifically used for white boards.

7. Slideshow / powerpoint presentation

  • Nowadays, teachers often use a _____ to electronically present information to the class in the form of a series of projected slides.

8. Projector

  • If you want to show a slideshow or video to the class, you need to use a _____.

9. Bulletin board

  • This is a type of panel, usually made of cork, used to post flyers, announcements, or any piece of paper.

10. Sticky note / post-it note

  • This is a small, square piece of paper with an adhesive area so that it can stick to things. They’re often used for small notes or reminders.

11. Flash cards

  • If you need to memorize a list of vocabulary terms, you can make a series of double-sided _____ for a useful study tool.

12. Index card

  • This is a 3 x 5” piece of paper commonly used to make flash cards.

13. Pencil

  • This is the most common writing utensil used in classrooms, made of wood, graphite, and a rubber eraser.

14. Pen

  • This writing utensil uses ink instead of graphite.

15. Fountain pen

  • This is a special type of pen with a refillable ink reservoir, commonly used for cursive writing.

16. Ballpoint pen

  • This type of pen uses a tiny ball as its writing point instead of a nib.

17. Mechanical pencils

  • Nowadays, wooden pencils are becoming replaced by _____, which use sticks of premade graphite that can be pushed out of the plastic or metallic pencil.

18. Lead

  • Even though pencils are made with graphite, we commonly call it _____, which is what pencils used to be made of.

19. Locker

  • This is a small compartment where you can leave your belongings during the school day.

20. Cubbyhole / cubby

  • Little kids in elementary school will typically place their things in this type of compartment instead of a locker.

21. Calendar

  • This chart shows the days of each month and often maps out a class’ lesson plan over the school year.

22. Posters

  • Teachers often hang _____ around their classroom, especially for inspirational motivation.

23. Stationery

  • This is a general term used for paper, pens, and other office materials.

24. Stapler

  • You can use a _____ to quickly fasten several papers together.

25. Binder / three-ringed binder

  • You can use a _____ to keep loose papers together under one cover.

26. Hole puncher

  • If you want to put your papers in a binder, you should use a _____ so that they can slip into the rings.

27. Lined paper / notebook paper / ruled paper

  • This kind of paper contains blue lines to help you write neatly.

28. Printer paper

  • Blank, white paper is commonly known as _____.

29. Notebook

  • A _____ is a small book with empty pages to be written on.



30. Textbooks

  • Most classes use published books containing curriculum material that are known as _____.

31. Novel

  • What do you call a book that tells a fictional story instead of factual information?

32. Pencil case

  • What do you call a small, portable container used to hold pencils, pens, and other small stationery items?

33. Backpack

  • Most students carry a _____ on their shoulders to hold their books and school supplies.

34. Map

  • This is a diagram of the world or a smaller geographical area, commonly found on classroom walls.

35. Globe

  • This is a three-dimensional model of the world, commonly found in classrooms.

36. Bookshelf / bookcase

  • What type of furniture is used to hold books, in either a classroom or a house?

37. Highlighter

  • This is a special marker with bright ink that can be used to mark special passages in a reading.

38. Notes

  • If your friend was absent from class and asked you to help them catch up, you should give them the _____ you took in class.

39. Clock

  • Students like to look up at this to see when class is going to end.

40. School bell

  • This sound signifies the beginning and end of a class period.

41. Fire alarm

  • Pulling this will cause everyone to evacuate the building and bring firefighters to the school.

42. Pen holder / pencil holder

  • This is a cup-like container used to hold pens and pencils, commonly found on the teacher’s desk.

43. Paperclip

  • If you need to hold several papers together temporarily, use a _____.

44. Binder clip

  • If the papers are too thick for a paperclip to hold, try a _____ instead.

45. Tape

  • What do you call a thin strip of plastic with sticky adhesive on one side?

46. Tape dispenser

  • What do you call the container that holds and cuts the tape?

47. Glue

  • This is a type of adhesive in liquid form, often found in a bottle.

48. Glue stick

  • This is a cylindrical container that contains a solid adhesive.

49. Podium

  • If you’re in a college lecture room, the professor might stand before a _____ while giving their lesson.

50. Microphone

  • The professor might also have to speak through a _____ if the lecture room is too big for them to be heard.

51. Scissors

  • This stationery item is used to cut paper.

52. Calculator

  • If you’re taking a math class, you might need to bring this small machine to help you do calculations.

53. Ruler

  • What do you call a straightedge marked with numbers to help you measure things?

54. Gum

  • Many students are caught chewing this in class. You can also find it stuck to the bottoms of desks.

55. Graffiti

  • Drawings or etchings found on desks though are not supposed to be there are called _____.

56. Planner

  • This is a chart or small notebook with a calendar that can help you plan future events or assignments.

57. Compass

  • This is a device that helps you draw perfect circles and is commonly used in geometry classes.

58. Pencil sharpener

  • If the tip of your pencil broke or is getting a bit dull, you’ll need to insert it into a _____.

59. Flash drive

  • This is a small device that can transport files from computer to computer.

60. Handouts

  • This is a term used for papers that a teacher gives out to their students during class.

61. Worksheet

  • What do you call a piece of paper with questions or problems to be worked on during a class period?

62. Packet

  • This is a term for many papers stapled together. It can be a reading, a series of worksheets, etc.

63. Syllabus

  • Teachers and professors usually hand out a _____ on the first day of class, which details the course’s curriculum, assignments, and tests.

64. Pointer

  • If a teacher wants to point to a board or slideshow during class, they can use a long rod, or _____, instead of their finger.

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