Printable Classroom Labels

Things can get quickly out of place and misused in your classroom if you don't have things marked properly. We asked 25 teachers the average amount of time they spend trying to locate items in their classroom on a typical day. As a group, they agreed that they spend an average of 5 minutes every day locating items in their classroom. That doesn't sound that significant, does it?

The average school year consist of 185 days. So that means that these teachers agree that they spend: 925 minutes (185 x 5 minutes) locating items.

925 minutes = 15.42 Hours

The Center for American Progress reported in April that the average school day consists of 6.5 hours. Therefore the average teacher we talked to agreed that they spend just over two full school days just locating items.This is why we created free labels for teachers to print and stick to the many different items that are found in a classroom. This will also help students recognize what and where certain things are. For example, daily announcements or class supplies.

We have created labels for anything and everything that you can imagine that has to deal with education. If you're looking for supply labels, we have plenty! If you need labels for activities such as recess or finger painting, we got it! We even have labels for different passes such as hall, nurse, and bathroom. Ever wish everything in your classroom was labelled? Now it is easy! We have a whole bunch of new labels for you. Just print and stick to your personals.

Audio / Visual Classroom Label Sets

  1. CDs, CD Player, DVDs, DVD Player
  2. Cassettes, Radio, VCR Tapes, Videos
  3. Camera, Digital Camera, TV, VCR

General Classroom Label Sets

  1. Announcements, Flag, Moment of Silence, Pledge
  2. Arithmetic, Reading, Speaking, Writing
  3. Art, Gym, Music, Physical Education
  4. Math, Social Studies, Science, English

Objects Label Sets

  1. Blinds, Windows, Curtains, Shades
  2. Door, Computer, Cubbies, Desk
  3. Calendar, Clock, Time, Watches
  4. Chair, Lights, Shelf, Table
  5. Closet, Doorway, Trash, Trash Bags
  6. Crafts, Measuring Tape, Pets, Tools
  7. Heater, Sink, Teacher's Desk, Floor
  8. Lunch Bags, Lunch Tray, Microwave, Toaster Oven

Paper Supplies Label Sets

  1. Books, Pencils, Pen, Sharpener
  2. Files, Folder, File Cabinet, Notecards
  3. Paper, Graph Paper, Scrap Paper, Writing Paper

Student Supplies Label Sets

  1. 3-Hole Punch, Fasteners, Paper Clips, Hole Punch
  2. Binders, Planners, Staples, Stapler
  3. Chalk, Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils
  4. Cloth Tape, Masking Tape, Paste, Tape
  5. Display, Board, Chalkboard, Overhead
  6. Hall Pass, Bathroom Pass, Office Pass, Nurse Pass
  7. Highlighters, Glue, Hot Glue, Rubber Cement
  8. Protractors, Rulers, Yard Sticks, Compasses
  9. Stop Watches, Scissors, T-squares, Flash Cards
  10. Workbooks, Copies, Late Work, Today's Work

Teacher Label Sets

  1. Agendas, Packets, Journals, Portfolios
  2. Art Supplies, Math Supplies, Paints, Paintbrushes
  3. Attendance, Attendance Cards, Lunch Menu, Lunch Cards
  4. Bathroom, Boy's Bathroom, Girl's Bathroom, Restroom
  5. Blocks, Games, Puzzles, Chalk
  6. Buttons, Straws, Pipe Cleaners, String
  7. Clay, Finger Paint, Play Dough, Watercolors
  8. Cleaner, Soap, Sponges, Towels
  9. Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Magazines, Periodicals
  10. Legos, Recycling, Paper, Yarn
  11. Notebooks, Homework, DO Now!, Word Wall
  12. Overheads, Overhead Markers, Whiteboards, Whiteboard Markers
  13. Popsicle Sticks, Tiles, Magnets, Dodads
  14. Sign-in, Sign-out, Recess, Free Time

Why Classroom Labels Help Teachers and Students

Labeling is essential in the classroom because it keeps the structure of a school well-organized. Younger students can understand where to place a particular item if everything is labeled with pictures. This will ensure that students follow the routine and rules of the classroom. Using labels in the classroom means directing students to where different things are kept. Here's how classroom labeling helps teachers and students in the long run.

Benefits of Using Labels in the Classroom for Students

There are many benefits to that are not clear at first sight. Let's take a quick look at how it can benefit you and your students.

Print Rich Environment

Learning is all about being surrounded by books and papers. Having everyday items labeled helps in making students comfortable with language and words. It creates a print-rich environment. Not only does it help them become satisfied with printed words, but it also allows them to associate words with real-life experiences. This increases the chances of them remembering the phrase and enhances their vocabulary.


Students get comfortable with reading by looking at labels. If they haven't learned to read, this is a good introduction to some basic words. If they know how to read already, it reinforces their knowledge and vocabulary. They'll feel proud of themselves for associating words with images or symbols.

Nurturing Independence

Labels help kids figure out what goes where on their own. This is known as child-led learning and is extremely important for the growth and development of your students. This is a more effective way of teaching them the importance of organizing than just telling them. It makes them more secure and confident in themselves since they trust that they can make correct choices based on this simple reinforcement.

Sense of Belonging

If every student's desk is labeled with their name, this will encourage younger students to identify with their names and feel a sense of belonging. The labeled seat will help make them feel like they have a place in the classroom. This is an important part of building a child's self-esteem.

School Values

Labels can also include keywords that represent school values. This makes it easier for students to remember and follow school expectations. For parents, these labels are important because from looking at these labels, they can tell what kind of school it is and what it prioritizes.

Clear Instructions

The best part about simple classroom labels instructing to put things back in their place is that you won't have to repeat instructions. These labels will be reminders for students, and they'll follow them more consistently. Students enjoy figuring things out independently, and labels act as a type of puzzle they have to solve. This makes it more exciting for them to follow instructions. If you take time off, you can be assured that students will follow instructions from labels when you're gone, so the class stays organized.

Faster Clean Up

Labels that instruct students on how to clean up after class activities will ensure that they put everything back in its place quicker. They'll know what to put where if there are separate boxes labeled 'Books' and 'Soft Toys'. The key to this is ensuring the labels are bright and colorful. These visuals will help students navigate what to put where when they're in a hurry.

Different Types of Labels

There are different types of labels that you need in the classroom. Some of these include signs for various centers like a reading or toy center. This will ensure that different areas of the school stay clean and organized. Labeling waste bins according to recyclable and disposable items will encourage students to recycle. Using pictures with labels is important if students are still learning how to read. This will also help them associate certain words with objects. Labeling the daily schedule is important if you want kids to follow it. Ideally, these labels should be colorful, in large bold text and easy to read. Labels are also prone to wear and tear, so make sure they're plastic coated and stuck with strong adhesive tape.

Reading Section

This section requires its own system of labeling and placing books in shelves according to their genre. Books can also be grouped by reading level or themes. This will help students pick out the kind of book they want to read.

Everyday Items

Labeling objects around the classroom will make students comfortable with these objects, increase their vocabulary and help them navigate the class.

Use Simple Labels

Students will find it hard to understand complex labels. That's why you have to make sure that these labels are simple and easy to understand. Using the core word associated with the category is a good way of labeling. For example, books about insects can be labeled Insects.

Treasure Hunts

There are many fun games you can play with students to enhance their understanding of words associated with objects. You can hide clues throughout the classroom that direct them to various labeled areas of the class. Or you can play with matching a label to the object. All of these might seem like basic activities but they're crucial to building students' understanding of words and their meanings.

Class Tour

At the beginning of every year, you can direct students throughout the class so they know what goes where. This will also help familiarize them with labels.

Now that you understand the benefits of labeling in the classroom, you'll be able to organize different classroom objects and materials more easily. You'll also reinforce student learning and ensure the class stays clean after classroom activities. There are many benefits to using labels in the classroom, in the long run, they provide that students' understanding of instructions, categorization and vocabulary improves.