Required Materials$\frac12$-inch cubes
$\frac14$-inch graph paper
Copies of blackline master
Decks of playing cards
Demonstration nets with and without flaps
Small circular sticker useful for plotting points on a display.
A powder that is mixed with water to create a fruit-flavored or chocolate-flavored drink. Using a sugar-free drink mix is recommended, but not a mix that calls for adding a separate sweetener when mixing up the drink.
For grade 6: tracing paper, graph paper, colored pencils, scissors, and an index card to use as a straightedge or to mark right angles.
For grades 7 and 8: everything in grade 6, plus a ruler and protractor. Clear protractors with no holes and with radial lines printed on them are recommended.
Notes: (1) "Tracing paper" is easiest to use when it's a smaller size. Commercially-available "patty paper" is 5 inches by 5 inches and ideal for this. If using larger sheets of tracing paper, consider cutting them down for student use. (2) When compasses are required in grades 6-8 they are listed as a separate Required Material.
Glue or glue sticks
Examples of graphing technology are: a handheld graphing calculator, a computer with a graphing calculator application installed, and an internet-enabled device with access to a site like desmos.com/calculator or geogebra.org/graphing. For students using the digital materials, a separate graphing calculator tool isn't necessary; interactive applets are embedded throughout, and a graphing calculator tool is accessible on the student digital toolkit page.
Grocery store circulars
Grocery store advertisements from the newspaper or that are picked up at the store. If students have Internet access, you could substitute an online version of this.
Materials assembled from the blackline master
Metal paper fasteners
Nets of polyhedra
Pre-assembled or commercially produced polyhedra
Pre-assembled or commercially produced tangrams
Pre-printed cards, cut from copies of the blackline master
Pre-printed slips, cut from copies of the blackline master
Rulers marked with centimeters
a digital scale that can output in grams, kilograms, ounces, or pounds
A rigid edge that can be used for drawing line segments. Sometimes a ruler is okay to use as a straightedge, but sometimes it is preferable to use an unruled straightedge, like a blank index card.
Students’ collections of objects
Teacher’s collection of objects
Tools for creating a visual display
Any way for students to create work that can be easily displayed to the class. Examples: chart paper and markers, whiteboard space and markers, shared online drawing tool, access to a document camera.
Bundles of "patty paper" are available commercially for a very low cost. These are small sheets (about 5" by 5") of transparent paper.