Required Materials

$\frac12$-inch cubes

Base-ten blocks

Blank paper


any fair two-sided coin

Colored pencils


Copies of blackline master

Cuisenaire rods

Cylindrical household items

Demonstration nets with and without flaps

Dot stickers

Small circular sticker useful for plotting points on a display.

Drink mix

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.

Empty containers

Empty toilet paper roll

Four-function calculators

Gallon-sized jug

Geometry toolkits

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

Graduated cylinders

Graphing technology

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 or 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. 

Graph paper

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.

Household items

Inch cubes

Index cards

Internet-enabled device

Liter-sized bottle

Maps or satellite images of the school grounds


Masking tape

Materials assembled from the blackline master

Measuring tapes

Measuring tools

Metal paper fasteners

brass brads

Meter sticks

Nets of polyhedra

Number cubes

cubes with sides numbered from 1 to 6

Origami paper

Paper bags

Paper clips

Paper cups

Paper plates

Pre-assembled or commercially produced polyhedra

Pre-assembled or commercially produced tangrams

Pre-assembled polyhedra

Pre-printed cards, cut from copies of the blackline master

Pre-printed slips, cut from copies of the blackline master


Clear protractors with no holes and with radial lines printed on them are recommended.

Quart-sized bottle

Receipt tape


Rulers marked with centimeters

Rulers marked with inches



a digital scale that can output in grams, kilograms, ounces, or pounds


Snap cubes

Sticky notes



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.





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.


Trundle wheels