I was all set to teach 6th grade this year, but TODAY I was told I would be teaching 1st instead. Needless to say, I'm in a bit of a panic. I never student-taught (or even subbed for) the lower grades and had never intended to, although I do like younger kids. It's not that I don't want to teach 1st, but I simply am not prepared! One of my problems is that I'm faced with an empty classroom and nothing to fill it with. Like I said, I never thought I'd be teaching the lower grades, so I never bothered to collect things that would be appropriate. Can you help me make a list of things to get? I don't want to panic and buy things that will be useless in the long-term, and because this is my first job and I just got out of school, money is very limited. I need the bare basics, but I'm not confident I know what those are. I need to get this room ready to go.