As a former teacher, I know that summer brings little actual downtime for teachers. When they're not tutoring, teaching summer school, leading camps or juggling side gigs, they're outfitting their classrooms for the fall. We'd love to see them do it without breaking the bank. I talked to teachers about what's on their wish/needs list. Turns out, many of their most-wanted items are majorly on sale for Prime Day 2. Whether you're shopping for your family or a teacher in your life, you can take advantage of these discounts — extra deep because of overstock across the retail industry — till midnight.
The finer tip of this marker is perfect for individual dry-erase boards and detailed writing.
I've tossed countless dry erase duds in my time, but Expo dry erase markers tend to last. That's why teachers ask for Expo by name, and this 36-pack is a total steal right for Prime Day at just $16 (was $66).
One of the 16,700-plus five-star reviewers said, "As a teacher, I prefer Expo. It's like Crayola vs RoseArt. We all know there's a quality difference. I specifically bought these for my son when his teacher requested new dry erase markers. Since I know personally the quality difference (longevity, easy to remove, doesn't stain, caps easily, doesn't dry out within a few minutes) I splurged on these. If you also love the teachers in your kids lives (they love your kids 8 hours a day), spare them a headache and get Expo brand."
Brighten up the page with these 36 highlighters in 6 different colors.
My personal fave, Sharpie highlighters are bright, long-lasting and won't muddy up what's written beneath. No wonder they've racked up an overall 4.8 rating from some 4,000 reviewers. One teacher raves: These highlighters leave a rich color that is sheer enough to see through. I love them. I am a teacher, and I bought this large pack to have my students work on highlighting the parts of their essays. They are PERFECT. Highly recommend!"
Easy on, easy off and easy to tear — this 0.7-inch tape is multifunctional and 43% off.
Masking tape is a must in the classroom, for temporary hanging, making artwork, labeling and much more. Stock up while these are marked down. Writes a fan: "Art teacher approved," A fourth-grade teacher added, "This tape tears easily, is the perfect texture for writing on. I love the fact that it states it will not leave a sticky residue when removing."
Make as many calendars, to-do lists and notes as you please in this everlasting notebook.
Every teacher deserves a personal secretary. This letter-size notebook/calendar is the next best thing. It can be used, scanned and wiped clean again and again — and it's 42% off!
One thrilled shopper wrote: "Seriously the best invention ever!! It combines...weekly calendar pages, to-do/project list, monthly calendar, grid/graph paper, and notebook paper. As a high school teacher, I love planning lesson plans in my Rocketbook Fusion by week and month — I know assessment dates and it's easy to plan the standards/learning targets to cover. I also use the graph paper to create math worksheets for students...App is super easy to use: The camera hovers over the Rocketbook pages and scans via the QR cloud."
Sharpens colored pencils and No. 2s alike in seconds flat.
Leave it to blade-master X-Acto to make a fierce pencil sharpener. And it's got 6,600 five-star ratings. One very impressed pleased teacher wrote: "This is an extremely quiet and effective pencil sharpener. I am a teacher and most pencil sharpeners either work well but are very loud or are quiet but aren't powerful enough. This is by far the best sharpener I've used!"
Watery, glittery, dreamy, colorful — what a soothing way to reset!
Younger children especially crave calming sensory play in the classroom. Keep them in a quiet time corner, in every student's desk, or in the classroom prize box. This colorful four-pack, now just $24, is appropriate for students over age 3.
One five-star reviewer reports, "The kids in my classroom were all about these sensory tubes as soon as they caught sight of the box. The fascination remains, even after a number of weeks; the one with a button at the base which manipulates the water and/or propels bits of glitter in mesmerizing swirls of lux is by far the favorite of the 4 options...Great products at a surprisingly low cost. I'll likely purchase another set for other classrooms to enjoy."
Fine, ultrafine, neon and metallic: This box of Sharpies has got it all!
For permanent markings, Sharpie pens are a teacher favorite. I used these in the classroom and still use them almost daily with my child for rock art, card making, mixed media, making knockoff Shrinky Dinks (tip: just buy plastic sheets), even drawing good-luck messages on her for swim meets. So nab all the Sharpies you could ever want now for just $13 (was $54). As one of the 6,000-plus five-star fans put it: "This is an impulse buy I don't regret. This box really covers a near life-time supply of Sharpies with all the variety and colors any person - from average to artist - might need. I do recommend it if you’re in the market for Sharpies."
Young scientists will flip over this 52-piece set, which includes a metal 120X-1200X microscope, plastic slides, LED light and a carrying case.
A good classroom investigation often includes a closer look, and perhaps even a Petri dish. Preschoolers and grade-schoolers alike will adore collecting samples and creating and viewing slides with this $24 microscope kit, adored by 17,700 fans.
"Great beginner microscope," writes an informed shopper. "I have a degree in biology..., so I have plenty of experience using lab-quality microscopes. This microscope produces a reasonable level of clarity and magnification...This is more than good enough to introduce your child (or even adults) to the world of microscopy. The kit is great, and will give the user plenty of things to do with the microscope. A few prepared slides, and tools to make some simple slides of your own are included, along with the brine shrimp kit...A few tips: make sure that what you are trying to view is in the center of the aperture (where the light comes through), and always start on the lowest magnification."
Here's a popular gluten-free, nut-free, vegan pick with 17,300-plus five-star fans.
Forgot to pack a snack? You'll be grateful to have a stash of these on-hand. Nab 20 packs for $12! One pleased parent writes, "Great taste. Whitout lots of unhealthy staff like the other snacks. My kids love it!
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Salman Rushdie suffered severe, life-changing injuries but his "usual feisty and defiant sense of humour remains intact, his family has said.The author, 75, has a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye after he was stabbed at a lecture in New York on Friday.
Nottingham Forest have ridden their luck before marking their first home game in the Premier League in 23 years with a 1-0 win over West Ham.A scrappy goal by off-season signing Taiwo Awoniyi in first-half stoppage time settled Sunday's match played in a party atmosphere at a sweltering City Ground, earning Forest their first points since returning to the top-flight.
Rising Australian cycling star Alex Manly has made the general classification podium at a WorldTour event for the first time with an excellent third place at the inaugural Tour of Scandinavia.Fresh from helping Australian teammate Georgia Baker take the Commonwealth Games road race title, 26-year-old Manly produced a series of stand-out performances during the six-day race, including four top-five stage finishes and a maiden WorldTour stage win.
Ange Postecoglou's Celtic have spelled out an ominous warning to their title challengers in Scotland with a 5-0 destruction of Kilmarnock in searing heat and on their opponents' difficult artificial pitch.Decorated with a series of lovely goals, the champions maintained their perfect start to the Premiership season at Killie's Rugby Park on Sunday with strikes from Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota, Mortiz Jenz, Carl Starfelt and Georgios Giakoumakis.
A delegation of US politicians are in Taiwan for a two-day trip during which they will meet President Tsai Ing-wen.It is the second high-level US group to visit while military tensions simmer between the self-ruled island and China.
Western Bulldogs defender Zaine Cordy will front the AFL tribunal over the bump that left GWS youngster Tanner Bruhn concussed.Cordy made shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Bruhn within five metres of the ball during the final quarter of the Bulldogs' narrow win at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
A strong explosion tore through a popular market in Armenia's capital, killing at least one person, injuring 36 others and setting off a large fire.The early afternoon blast from a fireworks storage area at Surmalu market in Yerevan on Sunday sent a towering column of smoke over the centre of the capital.
Reigning A-League Men champions Western United have suffered a shock early exit from the Australia Cup, losing 4-3 on penalties to Sydney United 58.Prohibitive favourites to win Sunday's round of 16 clash of the national knockout competition, Western United were stunned in the penalty shootout after the scores were locked 1-1 after 120 minutes.
A fire has ripped through a church in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, sending huge amounts of thick, black smoke into the air as congregants worshipped, killing at least 41 and injuring 14.The cause of Sunday's blaze in the Abu Sefein church in the working-class neighbourhood of Imbaba was not immediately known.
Essendon coach Ben Rutten has slammed his players' "embarrassing" effort in an 84-point thrashing from Port Adelaide that marked the heaviest defeat of his two-year tenure at the AFL club.A run of nine consecutive Power goals from late in the first quarter to early in the third put the contest to bed before the visitors ran away with a dominant 23.
Sydney have leapt into the AFL top-two with a commanding 27-point victory over Collingwood that left coach John Longmire delighted the Swans' hopes of a home final were now in their own hands.The Swans made a profound statement in the high-stakes clash between the top-four contenders with an ominous four-quarter performance in the 11.
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Kenya's peaceful presidential election has been disrupted briefly when riot police responded to scuffles at the national tallying centre amid tensions over the close results.An agent for longtime opposition leader and candidate Raila Odinga announced from the lectern on Saturday that the tallying centre was the "scene of a crime" before calm was restored.
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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick believes Tom Lynch is in career-best AFL form after the star forward's eight-goal haul helped the Tigers to a 61-point thrashing of Hawthorn at the MCG.The Tigers locked up their finals position with an ominous display on Sunday, racking up their third straight win as the rebuilding Hawks wilted.
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Newcastle captain Kalyn Ponga won't return for the Knights this NRL season despite making progress in his recovery from concussion.Ponga hasn't featured for the Knights after suffering his third concussion in the space of six weeks during a defeat to the Sydney Roosters last month.