Supplies ESSENTIAL for your Small Group Area

Updated: Jul 16, 2020


Essential Supplies for your Small Group Area


Supplies ESSENTIAL for your

Small Group Instruction


Every classroom has a variety of learners at different levels. Small group instruction is one approach to meet those learners' needs. Small group instruction goes quickly and the teacher must be organized and anticipate all the supplies he or she might need at the fingertips!

It doesn't matter which subject you are teaching, essential small group supplies must be at the fingertips and ready to use at a moment's notice. There is no time to waste when meeting with small groups.

First of all , small group instruction should have a dedicated area, such as a small table that can fit 1-5 students.

Around this table you could have seating that is not typical of a traditional classroom. You could use storage cubes or small stools. Get creative.

It's great to have seating that can slide underneath the table when not being used. When the group gathers, they can just pull out a seat and get ready to go, instead of dragging their chair over and disrupting all of Independent Reading (or independent work in whatever subject you are teaching at the time).

Next, get supplies ready to go.

  • Think about your teaching style.

  • Think about how your students learn.

  • What types of items would they need and want to enhance the instruction?

  • How will you contain those supplies?

This checklist will help you to reflect on this teaching space...

Small Group Supplies Checklist