School Supplies

As already discussed on the Assignment Types page, Dr. Merritt expects all of his middle school science students to bring certain school supplies to every science class. Below, you can see the ‘official’ list of these REQUIRED items. There are 12 required items.

These are the items that Dr. Merritt can/will ask students to produce during his semi-regular Equipment Checks.

  1. Pencil – a mechanical pencil is recommended, but any pencil will do.
  2. Eraser/rubber – this can be a part of the pencil OR separate from it.
  3. Black ballpoint (or gel) pen* – this can be erasable OR non-erasable.
  4. Blue ballpoint (or gel) pen* – this can be erasable OR non-erasable.
  5. Red ballpoint (or gel) pen* – this can be erasable OR non-erasable.
  6. Green ballpoint (or gel) pen* – this can be erasable OR non-erasable.
  7. Highlighter marker – Yellow is recommended.
  8. Highlighter marker – Pink is recommended.
  9. Sharpie (permanent, water-resistant) marker – black OR dark blue.
  10. Metric ruler – the ruler should have a) both centimeter (cm) and millimeter (mm) markings and, b) the ability to make/measure lines of no less than 15 mm (however, most students science find 30 cm rulers to be more useful and less frustrating).
  11. A4-sized horizontally-lined (writing) paper – students are expected to have no less than 3 (blank) sheets of this type of paper available for use during any science lesson. It can be torn from a notebook, but it should be a perforated notebook to make it easier (and cleaner) to tear. Students can store their supply of this type of paper in their classroom mailbox. If/when needed, students can also print this type of paper for themselves from a printer using links contained within the Flatware page.
  12. Blank, horizontally- and vertically-lined (graphing) paper – the most useful sizes of graphing paper for this class are 5 mm x 5 mm OR 10 mm x 10 mm. Students are expected to have no less than 3 (blank) sheets of this type of paper available for use during any science lesson. It can be torn from a notebook, but it should be a perforated notebook to make it easier (and cleaner) to tear. Students can store their supply of this type of paper in their classroom mailbox. If/when needed, students can also print this type of paper for themselves from a printer using links contained within the Flatware page.

*Note: Some students prefer to buy a (Bic) ballpoint pen containing all four of the required ink colors within the same pen. This is completely acceptable (and quite useful!).


In addition to the required supplies listed above, many science students also find that having the following OPTIONAL school supplies with them is quite useful throughout the year. They are considered as “optional” because students will never be asked to produce any of the following eight items during an Equipment Check. In fact, Dr. Merritt typically makes all of the optional items available to students upon request. One of the reasons why some students bring their own optional items to class is so that they never have to wait for another student to use them before they do.

  1. 2-3 additional highlighter markers (e.g., orange, green, blue)
  2. colored pencils (just a basic, 6-12 color pencil set will be adequate)
  3. 1 colored pencil sharpener
  4. 1 pair of small art/craft scissors
  5. 1 small glue stick
  6. 1 small roll of clear/SCOTCH/cello/sello tape
  7. 1 pencil case or item organizer
  8. White-Out/TIPPEX/Correction Tape/Correction Fluid