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Dimensions Math® PK–5 Resources

It’s easy to prepare for Dimensions Math® lessons! Simply gather the items listed on the Materials List for each chapter. Blackline Masters can be printed directly from this website. Some tools (dot cards, number cards, or ten-frame cards) can be made with materials available in most classrooms and homes.

Blackline Masters, Letters Home, and other resources are organized by grade level. Click on the grade levels below to jump to the resources for that grade. 

Lessons for Littles: PK–K Story Videos

Watch video stories for PKA, PKB, and KA students here!

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PKA      PKB
KA        KB
1A         1B
2A        2B
3A        3B
4A        4B
5A        5B

Grade PKA

Chapter 1

Materials

  • Classroom objects – some identical to others, some similar, and some unique
  • Tub of objects that can be sorted
  • Objects – different shades of red and blue
  • Crayons – red and blue
  • Objects – different shades of yellow and green
  • Yellow objects – 6 of more, two of which are identical
  • Crayons – yellow and green
  • Objects – red, blue, yellow, green, and some other colors
  • Containers – one of each color per center, including red, blue, yellow, green, and transparent
  • Objects – hard and soft, at least 1 per student
  • Small bags to hold materials, 1 bag of each per pair of students
  • Burlap
  • Sandpaper
  • Bumpy objects – e.g. bubble wrap, woven baskets, pine cones, LEGO® bricks
  • Smooth objects – e.g. polished rocks, pieces of satin, plastic counting chips
  • Pieces of wood to sand
  • Containers of rice, salt, sand, and dough
  • Glue sticks and tape
  • 2 orange objects that look and feel the same but are different sizes
  • 3 objects that are the same except for their sizes
  • Objects that are the same except for color (red, blue, yellow, green, and orange only) and size, such as:
  • a large red ball and a small yellow ball
  • a large blue crayon and a small orange crayon
  • a large green sock and a small red sock
  • Bins, 1 per 4 students
  • Sets of objects – to be sorted by size, color, or feel
  • Bins, 1 per 4 students

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Rocks Hard, Soft, Smooth, and Rough by Natalie M. Rosinsky
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Possible touch and feel books for this chapter:
    Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
    Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
    Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy! by Sandra Boynton

Optional Snacks

  • Red berries
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Celery sticks
  • Green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Kiwifruit
  • Pretzels (soft twists and hard sticks)
  • Dried fruit
  • Apple slices
  • Crackers, smooth and textured, large and small

Letters Home

Chapter 2

Materials

  • Paper plates – different sizes
  • Pieces of yarn/string – different lengths
  • Pieces of colored paper – different colors, cut to different sizes
  • Drawing supplies
  • Objects that are similar but different sizes, such as:
  • 6 similar blocks
  • 6 pieces of paper the same color
  • Tubs of linking cubes, 1 per pair of students
  • Small bags – to hold objects and fruits
  • Small objects to compare weight – e.g. marbles, pattern blocks, feathers, centimeter cubes, and toy cars
  • Small fruits – e.g. tangerines, 1 per pair of students
  • Balance scales

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

  • None

Storybooks

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Lengthy, the Long Long Dog by Syd Hoff
  • Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Optional Snacks

  • Crackers (varying sizes)
  • Celery sticks
  • Apple slices
  • Tangerines or other small, self-wrapped fruit
  • Popcorn
  • Carrot sticks

Letters Home

Chapter 3

Materials

  • Small bags of linking cubes – 2 different colors, several of each color, 1 bag per student
  • Two types of objects – e.g. forks and spoons
  • Pattern blocks
  • 2 types of noise makers – e.g., bells, drums, spoons, kazoos
  • Small bag of linking cubes – 3 different colors, 15 cubes per bag
  • Crayons

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

  • None

Storybooks

  • Bees, Snails & Peacock Tails: Patterns & Shapes by Betsy Franco
  • Hickory Dickory Dock

Optional Snacks

  • Apple slices
  • Cheese sticks
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Strawberry slices
  • Banana slices
  • Crackers in a variety of shapes

Letters Home

Chapter 4

Materials

  • Yarn/string
  • Dot stickers
  • Beads
  • Cutouts of five-pointed stars
  • Video clip of basketball game
  • Basketball and basketball hoop
  • Raw potatoes and knife
  • Music player
  • Small animal stickers
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Socks and toe socks
  • Five-divot egg cartons
  • Bags
  • Keyboard or xylophone (or keyboard app)
  • Pitcher
  • 5 similar drinking glasses
  • Unsharpened pencils
  • Dance shoes or tutu
  • Swim goggles, mask, or flippers
  • Photo of rhesus macaque monkey
  • Peas, fresh or frozen
  • Linking cubes
  • Globe
  • Rocks (to be painted)
  • Empty containers or pictures of grocery items
  • Small and large paper plates
  • Objects in different shades of purple, pink, and brown
  • Dress-up clothes representing various sports, “grown-up” clothes and baby accessories
  • Picture books of animals
  • Headphones
  • Play fruit or pictures of fruit
  • Bowls or baskets
  • Brown lunch bags
  • Large dried beans
  • Small counters
  • Index cards
  • Tray or box lid
  • Work mat

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Hands Down: Counting by Fives by Michael Dahl

Optional Snacks

  • Frozen peas or snap peas
  • Honey graham crackers
  • Banana slices
  • Goldfish® crackers
  • Bagels, toppings for bagels
  • Dry cereal, including some o-shaped cereal in different colors
  • Crackers
  • Assorted fruits and vegetables
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Spaghetti (uncooked; used in preparing snack but not eaten)
  • Bean dip and chips
  • Purple grapes

Letters Home

Chapter 5

Materials

  • Bags
  • Baskets
  • Linking cubes
  • Keyboards
  • Large number path (or create one using painter’s tape)
  • Chalk
  • Bean bags
  • Small counters
  • Dot stickers
  • Dice, small and large
  • Teddy bear counters
  • Number cubes
  • Index cards
  • Stickers
  • Large-grid graph paper
  • Square tiles of any rigid material
  • Straws
  • Medicine droppers
  • Sponges
  • Play food
  • Play kitchen items
  • Bases (t-ball bases or paper plates, taped down)
  • Balls (to play t-ball)

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Optional Snacks

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Apple slices
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheese sticks
  • Gelatin cut into number shapes 1 through 5
  • Graham crackers
  • Animal crackers
  • Celery sticks
  • Raisins
  • Crackers

Letters Home

Chapter 6

Materials

  • Small counters
  • Pair of gloves, or pictures of gloves
  • Pair of toe socks or pictures of toe socks
  • Large picture of an octopus
  • Music: “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid”
  • Bags, bowls, and baskets
  • Linking cubes
  • Magnets, small magnetic and non-magnetic objects
  • Work mats
  • Yardsticks
  • String
  • Metal paper clips
  • Paper fish
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue
  • Outer space decorations such as stickers, glow-in-the-dark stars, and aluminum foil
  • Pictures of the solar system
  • Small spheres
  • Keyboard
  • Egg cartons, a set with 6 divots and a set with 10 divots for each student
  • Teddy bear counters
  • Bell peppers
  • Real or play vegetables
  • Hula hoops or painter’s tape
  • Paper cups
  • Large ten-frames showing numbers 0 to 10
  • Stickers
  • Baking tins
  • Play cookies
  • T-ball bat, ball, bases
  • Paper shapes: circles, rectangles, and squares
  • Unsharpened pencil
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Dress-up clothing items including “grown-up” office clothes and buckle shoes or belts
  • Pretend bowling pins and ball or toy bowling set
  • Beach ball
  • Cuisenaire rods
  • Large yellow pom-poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Rocks to be painted

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler

Optional Snacks

  • Biscuits
  • Windmill cookies
  • Goldfish® crackers
  • Rice cereal treats cut into moons or stars
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green grapes
  • Round crackers
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Cracker Jack®
  • Cream cheese
  • Apple slices

Letters Home

Chapter 7

Materials

  • Counters, including teddy bear counters and two-sided counters
  • Bags
  • Marbles
  • Dot stickers
  • Linking cubes
  • Cuisenaire rods
  • Fly swatters
  • Packing peanuts
  • Pattern blocks
  • Egg cartons with 6 divots each
  • Egg cartons with 10 divots each
  • Beads
  • String
  • Sand
  • Pom-poms
  • Cotton balls
  • Baskets
  • Index cards
  • Magazines or newspapers containing pictures of people, animals, or objects
  • Balls
  • Computers or calculators
  • Percussion instruments, kazoos, xylophones and/or keyboards
  • Jewelry and superhero attire for dress-up
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • Spoons
  • Painter’s tape
  • Yarn
  • White soap (shavings) or powdered soap
  • Food coloring
  • Wax paper
  • Paper plates
  • Sand
  • Medicine droppers
  • Artificial flowers
  • Vases (or tall thin containers)

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

Optional Snacks

  • “Ants on a Log” (cream cheese or yogurt on celery sticks, topped with raisins)
  • Gummy bears
  • Grapes
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Bananas
  • Raisins
  • Butterfly-shaped crackers
  • Rice cakes
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Animal crackers
  • “Flowers” (baby carrots or bell pepper slices and cucumber slices)

Letters Home

Grade PKB

Chapter 8

Materials

  • Animal counters
  • Beads
  • Blocks or other building materials
  • Crayons
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Square tiles or pieces of paper
  • Stuffed toys

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Storybooks

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Henry the Fourth by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Optional Snacks

  • Multi-colored cereal
  • Teddy bear crackers
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Green and red seedless grapes
  • Celery sticks, cream cheese and fish crackers

Letters Home

Chapter 9

Materials

  • Activity cube (see page 16)
  • Balloons
  • Boxes or baskets
  • Bubble soap (dish soap and water)
  • Cardboard rolls (such as from a roll of paper towels)
  • Containers to sort into
  • Craft sticks
  • Crayons
  • Cubes of different sizes, such as dice, centimeter cubes, and blocks
  • Cubes, cylinders, and spheres from geometry sets
  • Flour
  • Frozen paint cubes (see page 16)
  • Geoboards and rubber bands
  • Googly eyes
  • Hula hoops
  • Large chevron
  • Linking cubes
  • Modeling clay or play dough
  • Newspaper strips
  • Paint
  • Paper cutouts of triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles
  • Pictures of a unicycle, bicycle, and tricycle
  • Pictures of art masterpieces
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic or foam cubes of different sizes
  • Poster board or large piece of art paper
  • Real-life examples of cubes, cylinders, and spheres
  • Ribbon
  • Rounded toothpicks or coffee stirrers
  • Rulers or straight edges
  • Small animal counters
  • Small paper cups
  • Sponges or pool noodles cut into coins
  • Units (cubes) from base ten block kits

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • When I Build with Blocks by Niki Alling

Optional Snacks

  • Cube, cylinder, and sphere-shaped snacks such as marshmallows, grapes, or cheese cubes
  • Kiwi or watermelon
  • Ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Pretzel rods
  • Graham crackers
  • Square crackers
  • Wonton triangles
  • Carrot coins
  • Banana coins
  • Square cheese slices

Letters Home

Chapter 10

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Construction paper
  • Counters
  • Cups
  • Dishes
  • Doll or stuffed toy
  • Finger paints
  • Linking cubes
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic bags
  • Play dough
  • Play food
  • Red and blue crayons
  • Small counters
  • Small objects for sorting
  • Spoons
  • Stamps
  • Strips of paper
  • Tissue paper

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • More, Fewer, Less by Tana Hoban

Optional Snacks

  • Rice cake moons and milk
  • Cheerios
  • Raisins
  • Banana slices
  • Celery sticks
  • Yogurt or cream cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes

Letters Home

Chapter 11

Materials

  • Beads
  • Bean bags
  • Bear counters
  • Counters
  • Crayons
  • Dice
  • Dominoes
  • Felt board
  • Felt counters
  • Hula hoops
  • Linking cubes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic bags
  • Removable dot stickers in at least 2 colors
  • Small containers
  • Small cups
  • Small index cards
  • Small items to sort
  • Stickers
  • Water balloons

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • More, Fewer, Less by Tana Hoban

Optional Snacks

  • Fish crackers
  • Teddy bear crackers
  • Banana slices
  • Dominoes (graham crackers with cream cheese, with each half separated by a thin slice of cheese, and blueberries or other small fruit pieces for domino dots)
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Popcorn served in plastic gloves

Letters Home

Chapter 12

Materials

  • Animal stickers
  • Bear counters
  • Construction paper cutouts of rectangles, squares, circles, and triangles of different sizes and colors
  • Containers to be used as vases
  • Counters
  • Feathers
  • Felt bee cutouts
  • Felt board
  • Fishing poles made in Teacher’s Guide PKA Chapter 6, Lesson 3
  • Food coloring
  • Googly eyes
  • Hula hoops
  • Index cards
  • Jump ropes
  • Linking cubes
  • Pairs of shoes
  • Paper cups
  • Paper fish
  • Pictures of animals or stuffed toys
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic eggs or other small objects
  • Raisins or grapes
  • Raspberries, mini pretzels, or other snacks students can fit over their fingers
  • Real or artificial flowers
  • Red removable stickers
  • Rounded toothpick or coffee stirrers
  • Sequins
  • Shaving cream
  • Spoons
  • Tissue paper, cut into 6-in squares

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  • Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm
  • Do You See Me, Bumble Bee? by Audrey Muller
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Optional Snacks

  • Animal crackers
  • Foods from Little Red Riding Hood’s picnic basket
  • Dumplings made from wonton wrappers or rice cereal treats shaped like dog biscuits
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Fish crackers
  • Orange sections
  • Teddy bear crackers

Letters Home

Chapter 13

Materials

  • Agility cones
  • Aluminum foil
  • Animal counters
  • Balance scales
  • Building materials
  • Capes
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Cards with students’ names on them
  • Chairs
  • Clothespins
  • Container
  • Cotton balls
  • Counters
  • Crayons or markers, including blue, red, brown, green, orange, pink, and yellow
  • Cubes, cylinders, and spheres from geometry sets and manipulative kits
  • Daubers of different colors
  • Dice
  • Dominoes
  • Drinking straws of two colors
  • Drums
  • Dry rice, dried beans, and/or sand
  • Embroidery hoops
  • Equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles cut out of paper
  • Five-divot and ten-divot egg cartons
  • Fly swatters
  • Geoboards and rubber bands
  • Growing plants at different stages
  • Hula hoops
  • Jump ropes of different lengths
  • Lacing cards (square, triangle, and numbers 0 to 10)
  • Large, dull-tip needles
  • Lego® or DUPLO® style interlocking blocks
  • Linking cubes
  • Magazines to cut up
  • Modified dice with sides labeled: +1, +1, +1, +2, +2, +2
  • Musical instruments
  • Numerous everyday objects that come in pairs
  • Objects that are the same except for size and/or color
  • Paper cups
  • Paper plates
  • Paper shapes: yellow circle, green square, orange rectangle, and purple triangle
  • Paper strips of different lengths
  • Part-whole mats
  • Pieces of yarn or string of different lengths
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic eggs of different colors
  • Plastic needles
  • Play dough
  • Pool noodles cut into coins
  • Real-life examples of the cubes, rectangular prisms, cylinders, and spheres
  • Rough, smooth, soft, and hard objects to create crayon rubbings
  • Small objects including those with varying textures, sizes, colors/patterns, and relationships
  • Small objects of obviously different weights, at least 1 per pair of students
  • Small pieces of fabric
  • Sorting mats
  • Square pieces of white paper
  • Square tile or square paper cutouts of different colors
  • Squares of large-weave burlap
  • Stickers of several types
  • Strawberries
  • Strips of brown paper
  • Stuffed toys or bean bags
  • Toy bats (animals)
  • Tubs of sand (or access to sandbox)
  • Two-color counters
  • Xylophones
  • Yarn

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • Big Shark, Little Shark by Anna Membrino
  • Big Dog … Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
  • Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
  • Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Snow White by The Brothers Grimm
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Henry the Fourth by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean

Optional Snacks

  • “Turtles” made of kiwi slices (body) and green grape halves (head and legs)
  • Apple slices
  • Banana or kiwi slices
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Cheese sticks
  • Crackers of different sizes
  • Fish crackers
  • Food in the shapes of cubes, cylinders, and spheres, such as cheese cubes, jello cubes, marshmallows, grapes, and puff cereal
  • Fruits of different colors
  • Fruits that bats like, such as mangoes, bananas, and avocados
  • Grapes, red and green
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Mini cheese balls
  • Nut-free trail mix
  • Orange slices
  • Pretzel sticks and rods
  • Raisins
  • Round crackers
  • Square crackers
  • Square graham crackers covered with cream cheese and raisins in dice patterns
  • Strawberries
  • Triangle and square crackers

Letters Home

Grade KA

Chapter 1

Materials

  • Attribute bears
  • Buttons
  • Objects with rough and smooth textures
  • Dice

Suggestions For Lesson 5: Match Things that Go Together

  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins
  • Pot and pot lid
  • Plastic fork, knife, spoon
  • Toy tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)
  • Comb, hair ribbon, shampoo, hairbrush
  • Small carton of milk and a paper cup
  • Baby food jar, small spoon, baby bottle, pacifier
  • Dog collar, leash, dog toy, dog treat
  • Bracelet, necklace, earrings
  • Greeting card, envelope, postage stamp, pen
  • Box of cereal and cereal bowl
  • Lunch box, thermos, small plastic bag holding carrots or apple slices
  • Marker, crayon, art paper
  • Coat, gloves, winter hat
  • Sunglasses, beach towel, bathing suit
  • Can of soup and package of crackers

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid
  • Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss
  • Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis
  • Two Eggs, Please by Sarah Weeks

Technology

  • Classrooms that have tablet devices available can use the camera application to record or document different activities at centers.

Letters Home

Chapter 2

Materials

  • Linking cubes
  • Beans, beads, bear (or other animal) counters

Blackline Masters

Tactile methods of writing numerals

  • Sandpaper: Cut numerals out of sandpaper with a die-cut machine or by hand and glue them to cardstock. Students can either cover the numerals with paper and make numeral rubbings or just trace the numerals with their fingers.
  • Whiteboards: Have students write the numerals, then use their index finger to erase.
  • Writing in a shallow pan:
    Filled with sand, rice, or salt
    Shaving cream writing
    Gelatin or pudding
  • Finger paint writing
  • Wikki Stix

Storybooks

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Five Little Ducklings by Sally Hopgood
  • The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • The Five Senses by Hervé Tullet

Letters Home

Chapter 3

Materials

  • Linking cubes
  • Beans, beads, bear (or other animal) counters
  • Objects to be used as bowling pins
  • Small ball
  • Pattern blocks

Blackline Masters

Tactile methods of writing numerals

  • Sandpaper: Cut numerals out of sandpaper with a die-cut machine or by hand and glue them to cardstock. Students can either cover the numerals with paper and make numeral rubbings or just trace the numerals with their fingers.
  • Whiteboards: Have students write the numerals, then use their index finger to erase.
  • Writing in a shallow pan:
    Filled with sand, rice, or salt
    Shaving cream writing
    Gelatin or pudding
  • Finger paint writing
  • Wikki Stix

Storybooks

  • Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
  • Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert
  • Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco
  • My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman
  • Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg
  • Count the Ways, Little Brown Bear by Jonathan London
  • Albert the Muffin-Maker by Eleanor May
  • Museum 123 by The New York Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  • Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Letters Home

Chapter 4

Materials

  • Three-dimensional shapes: cuboids (rectangular prisms), cylinders, cubes, and cones
  • Objects from home that look like one of the 3D shapes: cuboids, pyramids, cylinders, cubes, and cones, such as snack boxes, chip cylinders, cookie tins, etc.
  • Paper bag or sock
  • Dominoes
  • Pipe cleaners or chenille stems
  • Geoboards
  • Rubber bands
  • Index cards
  • Linking cubes
  • Pre-cut paper or foam shapes: rectangles, squares, circles, and triangles
  • Attribute blocks
  • Pattern blocks
  • Play dough or salt dough
  • Tangram sets
  • Poster paper and markers
  • Painter’s tape

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Shape Of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres by Tana Hoban
  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
  • Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes by Grace Maccarone
  • Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
  • I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
  • Skippyjon Jones Shape Up by Judy Schachner
  • Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Letters Home

Chapter 5

Materials

  • Linking cubes
  • Ribbon or string
  • Straws
  • Toothpicks and mini-marshmallows (or clay)
  • Balance scales
  • Balloons
  • Rocks of varying weights, including pumice
  • Capacity items used to measure:
    Water
    Sand
    Rice
    Beans
    Seeds (birdseed or flax seed works well)
    Water beads
  • Containers:
    Water bottles
    Plastic cups
    Plastic food containers
    Pans and pots
    Muffin tins
    Jugs
    Drink bottles
    Snack containers
    Small drinking cups
    Plastic beakers or cylinders
    Plastic tubs
    Pails
    Ice cube trays

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Tall by Jez Alborough
  • Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
  • Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • How Deep is the Sea? by Anna Milbourne
  • How High is the Sky? by Anna Milbourne
  • Mighty Maddie by Stuart J. Murphy
  • How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller
  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
  • Drat That Fat Cat! by Pat Thomson
  • Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Letters Home

Chapter 6

Materials

  • Linking cubes
  • Beans, beads, bear (or other animal) counters
  • Dice
  • Playing cards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • More, Fewer, Less by Tana Hoban
  • Just Enough Carrots by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Peg + Cat: The Race Car Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

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Grade KB

Chapter 7

Materials

  • Chalk
  • Counters
  • Crayons, markers, paint daubers, or stickers
  • Dice
  • Dominoes
  • Finger paint
  • Gelatin or pudding
  • Linking cubes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper plates
  • Sand, rice, or salt
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrabble letters
  • Shallow pan
  • Shaving cream
  • Small objects such as beads, crayons, pasta, shells, or small erasers
  • Whiteboards
  • Wikki Stix
  • Wooden blocks

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • More, Fewer, Less by Tana Hoban
  • Piglets Playing: Counting from 11 to 20 by Megan Atwood
  • Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee
  • Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang
  • 1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers
  • Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Suess

Letters Home

Chapter 8

Materials

  • 10 empty water bottles
  • 10-sided die
  • Attribute bears
  • Bags or baskets
  • Beads
  • Blank index cards
  • Construction paper
  • Counters
  • Crayons, markers, or paint daubers
  • Cups
  • Dice
  • Dominoes
  • Dry erase markers
  • Hexagon shape, such as a pattern block, that can be traced
  • Items with a round face students can trace
  • Large hula hoops
  • Linking cubes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
  • Pool noodle
  • Small ball
  • Stickers
  • Strips of construction paper in a variety of colors
  • Traffic cones
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Any picture book provides opportunities to create a number story from images on the page
  • Quack and Count by Keith Baker
  • Ten Friends by Bruce Goldstone
  • Domino Addition by Lynette Long
  • Ten for Me by Barbara Mariconda
  • Ten Monkey Jamboree by Dianne Ochiltree
  • Mice Mischief: Math Facts in Action by Caroline Stills
  • One More Bunny: Adding from One to Ten by Rick Walton

Letters Home

Chapter 9

Materials

  • Art materials such as dot painters, stickers, or stamps
  • Chalk
  • Classroom game board
  • Counters
  • Crayons or dry erase markers
  • Cup
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Dice
  • Large cube-shaped box
  • Linking cubes
  • Modified die with sides labeled 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2
  • Number bond mats
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper plates
  • Pattern blocks
  • Recording device
  • Storybooks or magazines
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Any picture book provides opportunities to create a number story from images on the page

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Chapter 10

Materials

  • 10 objects with several attributes
  • 10 small paper cups
  • Bags
  • Bear counters or other counters shaped like objects (bugs, dinosaurs, fruit, vehicles, etc.)
  • Chalk
  • Counters
  • Cups
  • Dice
  • Dominoes
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Hula hoops
  • Linking cubes
  • Number bond mats
  • Objects to count
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper plates
  • Partitioned plate
  • Picture books
  • Play dough or clay
  • Sets of up to 5 objects that are the same except for their color or size
  • Small ball
  • Storybooks or magazines
  • Two-color counters

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Dr. Suess books
  • Nonfiction nature books
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  • Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
  • How Many Blue Birds Flew Away?: A Counting Book With a Difference by Paul Giganti
  • Splash by Ann Jonas
  • Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord
  • Elevator Magic by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
  • Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner

Letters Home

Chapter 11

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • 20 Chart
  • 6-sided die
  • Counters
  • Die with modified sides: +, +, +, −, −, −
  • Dot painters
  • Drawing tools
  • Recording sheet
  • Set of dominoes up to fives
  • Stickers
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Letters Home

Chapter 12

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • 3 slightly different sized containers
  • Art paper
  • Beads
  • Blank index cards
  • Chalk
  • Clear container or plastic bags
  • Counters
  • Craft sticks
  • Crayons or markers
  • Desk dividers (box lids or privacy folders)
  • Dice with modified sides: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Dice with modified sides: 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3
  • Dried beans
  • Game markers
  • Glue
  • Linking cubes
  • Paint
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Small drinking cups
  • Small objects
  • Soft ball or bean bag
  • Strips of construction paper in a variety of colors

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Toasty Toes: Counting by Tens by Michael Dahl
  • Ants at the Picnic: Counting by Tens by Michael Dahl
  • Let’s Count to 100 by Masayuki Sebe
  • One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge
  • The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley
  • Ninety-Three in My Family by Erica S. Perl
  • One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre & Jeff Sayre
  • Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever by Richard Scarry
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • Lots of Ladybugs by Michael Dahl

Letters Home

Chapter 13

Materials

  • Art paper
  • Brass fasteners (brads)
  • Cardstock
  • Classroom game board
  • Crayons or markers
  • Demonstration clock
  • Dice
  • Geared clocks
  • Paper plates
  • Ruler
  • Yardstick

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Telling Time With Big Mama Cat by Dan Harper, Barry Moser, and Cara Moser
  • The Clock Struck One: A Time-Telling Tale by Trudy Harris and Carrie Hartman
  • It’s About Time by Stuart Murphy
  • The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock by Jim Aylesworth
  • Bats Around the Clock by Kathi Appelt
  • What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra

Letters Home

Chapter 14

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Coin rubbing cards as described on page 230 of Teacher’s Guide KB
  • Crayons
  • Cup or can
  • Dice, regular and modified with sides labeled: 1¢, 1¢, 5¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢
  • Dimes
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Nickels
  • Objects to label with price tags
  • Pennies
  • Price tags/labels
  • Quarters
  • Rubber cement

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Jenny Found a Penny by Trudy Harris
  • The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen
  • Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure by Nancy Kelly Allen and Adam Doyle
  • The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
  • The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

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Grade 1A

Chapter 1

Materials

  • Counters
  • Playing cards
  • Paper plates
  • Pebble or other hopscotch marker
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Painter’s tape
  • Linking cubes
  • Stickers or bingo daubers
  • Whiteboards

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
  • Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert
  • Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco
  • My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman
  • Count the Ways, Little Brown Bear by Jonathan London
  • Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Museum 123 by The New York Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Letters Home

Chapter 2

Materials

  • Two-color counters
  • Cups
  • 3 large hula hoops
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper plates
  • Colored pencils or crayons
  • Dice, 6-sided or 10-sided
  • Playing cards
  • Linking cubes
  • Dried beans
  • Blocks
  • Dominoes
  • Whiteboards

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

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Chapter 3

Materials

  • Linking cubes
  • Sticky notes (2 different colors)
  • Dry erase markers
  • Two-color counters
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Counters in a variety of shapes and colors
  • Cups or buckets
  • Blank dice
  • Regular dice
  • Game board
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Paper plates
  • Painter’s tape
  • Picture book or magazine
  • Index cards or construction paper
  • 10-sided die
  • Whiteboards

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Quack and Count by Keith Baker
  • Ten Friends by Bruce Goldstone
  • Domino Addition by Lynette Long
  • Ten for Me by Barbara Mariconda
  • Ten Monkey Jamboree by Dianne Ochiltree
  • Mice Mischief: Math Facts in Action by Caroline Stills
  • One More Bunny: Adding from One to Ten by Rick Walton

Letters Home

Chapter 4

Materials

  • Sticky notes, 2 different colors
  • Two-color counters
  • Dice, 6-sided or 10-sided
  • Playing cards
  • Blank dice
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Game markers
  • Linking cubes
  • Counters in a variety of shapes and colors
  • Index cards or construction paper
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Painter’s tape
  • Game board
  • Whiteboards

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Dr. Suess books
  • Nonfiction nature books
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  • Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin
  • How Many Blue Birds Flew Away?: A Counting Book with a Difference by Paul Giganti, Jr.
  • Splash! by Ann Jonas
  • Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord
  • Elevator Magic by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
  • Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner

Letters Home

Chapter 5

Materials

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Paper plates
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pebble or hopscotch marker
  • Straws
  • Linking cubes
  • Two-color counters
  • Plastic baggies
  • Classroom items such as rubber bands, erasers, markers, or other manipulatives
  • Playing cards
  • Whiteboards

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Piglets Playing: Counting from 11 to 20 by Megan Atwood
  • Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee
  • Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang
  • 1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers

Letters Home

Chapter 6

Materials

  • Dice
  • Counters
  • Linking cubes
  • Playing cards
  • Index cards
  • 10-sided die, numbered 11 to 20
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Painter’s tape
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Mission of Addition by Brian P. Cleary
  • Mission: Addition by Loreen Leedy
  • 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
  • What’s New at the Zoo? by Suzanne Slade

Letters Home

Chapter 7

Materials

  • Dice
  • Counters, including two-color counters
  • Linking cubes
  • Playing cards
  • Shopping lists for classroom items (create per sample on page 183)
  • Regular paper cut into quarters
  • Index cards or construction paper
  • Game board
  • Whiteboards

Note: Materials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Mission of Addition by Brian P. Cleary
  • Mission: Addition by Loreen Leedy
  • 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
  • What’s New at the Zoo? by Suzanne Slade
  • Where’s Waldo? Series by Martin Handford
  • Where is Moshi? Series by Moshi Moshi Kawaii
  • I Spy Series by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  • Can You See What I See? Series by Walter Wick
  • Hey Seymour! Series by Walter Wick

Letters Home

Chapter 8

Materials

  • Boxes and cylinders such as shoe boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.
  • Pieces of square paper, white and colored
  • Black construction paper
  • Art paper
  • White crayons
  • Pattern blocks
  • Attribute blocks
  • Colored paper
  • Yarn or string
  • Glue
  • Circles cut out of colored paper
  • Whiteboards

NoteMaterials for Activities will be listed in detail in each lesson.

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Shape Of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres by Tana Hoban
  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
  • Three Pigs, One Wolf, Seven Magic Shapes by Grace Maccarone
  • Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
  • I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
  • Skippyjon Jones: Shape Up by Judy Schachner
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
  • Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Letters Home

Chapter 9

Materials

  • Index cards
  • Two-color counters
  • Art paper and markers, crayons, or paint
  • Pattern Chains made in Chapter 8: Lesson 2
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

  • None

Storybooks

  • Picture or board books showing several events
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
  • 20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris
  • Albert the Muffin-Maker by Eleanor May
  • Henry the Fourth by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

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Grade 1B

Chapter 10

Materials

  • 3-ft long pieces of ribbon, string, or yarn
  • 3-ft long strips of cardboard
  • Beans
  • Classroom objects
  • Construction paper
  • Craft sticks
  • Dot stickers
  • Glue
  • Linking cubes
  • Paper clips
  • Paper squares
  • Ribbon, string, or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Straight edges
  • Uncooked macaroni
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

  • None

Storybooks

  • Counting on Frank by Rod Clement
  • How Big is it? A Big Book All About BIGNESS by Ben Hillman
  • Twice My Size by Adrian Mitchell
  • How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller
  • How Big is Big? by Gretel Watson

Letters Home

Chapter 11

Materials

  • Counting bears or other shaped counters
  • Double 6 or double 9 dominoes
  • Linking cubes
  • Non-transparent bag
  • Painter’s tape
  • Sticky notes
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

Almost any book offering comparison situations could be used in this chapter, such as:

  • One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl
  • Comparing Numbers! by M.W. Penn
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Chapter 12

Materials

  • Bags with less than 40 items in them
  • Counters
  • Dice
  • Highlighters
  • Linking cubes
  • Page protectors or dry erase sleeves
  • Place-value strips
  • Rubber bands
  • Straws or craft sticks
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Letters Home

Chapter 13

Materials

  • 10-sided dice
  • Counters
  • Dice
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Linking cubes
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Letters Home

Chapter 14

Materials

  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Counters
  • Craft sticks
  • Dice
  • Dot paper or graph paper
  • Dry erase markers
  • Linking cubes
  • Rubber bands
  • Small plates
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

Books about Multiplication

  • Arctic Fives Arrive by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong
  • Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication by Donna Jo Napoli and Richard Tchen
  • Counting Sheep by Julie Glass
  • How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? by Seon Chae
  • Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale by Ruby Dee
  • Spunky Monkeys on Parade by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Count on Pablo by Barbara deRubertis

Books about Division

  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • A Remainder of One by Elinor Pinczes
  • The Great Divide by Suzanne Slade
  • One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld

Letters Home

Chapter 15

Materials

  • Dice or spinners
  • Foods that can be cut into equal pieces such as oranges, bars, or cakes
  • Paper plates (or circles cut from construction paper)
  • Paper shapes
  • Paper shapes cut into halves and fourths
  • Paper strips
  • Pattern blocks
  • Scissors
  • Sheets of rectangular paper
  • Sheets of square paper
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Mary Clare Likes to Share by Joy Hulme
  • The Wishing Club: A Story About Fractions by Donna Jo Napoli
  • One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld

Letters Home

Chapter 16

Materials

  • “Hello, my name is” name tags
  • 10-sided die
  • 6 full-size pool noodles
  • Balloons
  • Counters
  • Dry erase markers
  • Game markers
  • Linking cubes
  • Page protectors or dry erase sleeves
  • Paper plates
  • Place-value chart with tens and ones
  • Place-value organizer
  • Place-value strips
  • Playing cards
  • Recording sheet with all students’ names
  • Sand timer
  • Straws and rubber bands
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Let’s Count to 100! by Masayuki Sebe
  • One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge
  • The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson
  • Ninety-Three in My Family by Erica S. Perl
  • One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab by April Pulley Sayre & Jeff Sayre
  • Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever by Richard Scarry

Letters Home

Chapter 17

Materials

  • Counters
  • Game markers
  • Linking cubes
  • Playing cards
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Mission: Addition by Loreen Leedy
  • Anno’s Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes

Letters Home

Chapter 18

Materials

  • Demonstration clock with geared hands
  • Index cards
  • Linking cubes
  • Paper plates
  • Paper strips
  • Playing cards
  • Small clocks with geared hands
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Around the Clock by Roz Chast
  • I.Q., It’s Time by Mary Ann Fraser
  • Telling Time with Big Mama Cat by Dan Harper
  • The Clock Struck One: A Time-Telling Tale by Trudy Harris
  • What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra

Books with time beyond hours and minutes:

  • A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It: A Book about Time by Brian P. Cleary
  • A Second Is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchins
  • Me Counting Time: From Seconds to Centuries by Joan Sweeney

Letters Home

Chapter 19

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • Bags
  • Objects with price tags
  • Play $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills
  • Play quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies
  • Price tabs
  • U.S. quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies
  • Whiteboard

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many? by Brian P. Cleary
  • A Dollar For Penny by Julie Glass
  • Jenny Found a Penny by Trudy Harris
  • The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen
  • Once Upon a Dime: A Math Adventure by Nancy Kelly Allen
  • The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
  • The Penny Pot by Stuart J. Murphy
  • A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Letters Home

Grade 2A

Chapter 1

Materials

  • Base ten blocks
  • Place-value discs
  • Place-value organizers
  • Play money
  • Rubber bands
  • Straws

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Place Value by David A. Adler
  • Earth Day — Hooray by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens by Cindy Neuschwanderz
Chapter 2

Materials

  • Linking cubes
  • Game board from the classroom
  • Art paper
  • Playing cards
  • Index cards or construction paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Paper strips in 2 colors
  • Play money

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • The Mission of Addition by Brian P. Cleary
  • Mission: Addition by Loreen Leedy
  • 12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
  • What’s New at the Zoo? by Suzanne Slade
Chapter 3

Materials

  • Graph paper
  • Paper strips
  • Place-value discs
  • Place-value organizers

Blackline Masters

Chapter 4

Materials

  • 12-in rulers
  • 30-cm rulers
  • Centimeter cubes
  • Linking cubes
  • Measuring tapes
  • Meter sticks
  • Paper clips
  • Ribbons or string, at least 3 m long
  • Stickers
  • Strips of paper less than 30 cm long
  • Whiteboard
  • Yardsticks

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs
  • How Long or How Wide? A Measuring Guide by Brian P. Cleary
  • How Long? (Wacky Comparisons) by Jessica Gunderson
  • Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
  • Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
  • How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller
  • Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz
Chapter 5

Materials

  • 1-kg weights
  • 1-lb weights
  • Pennies (in rolls and loose)
  • Balance scales showing kg and lb
  • 1-g weights
  • Linking cubes
  • Objects weighing about 1 kg
  • Objects weighing about 1 lb
  • Objects weighing about 1 g
  • Classroom objects to weigh, including pens and pencils
  • Zipper bags of various sizes
  • Dried beans
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy
  • Mighty Maddie by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Weight by Henry Pluckrose
  • Me and the Measure of Things by Joan Sweeney
Chapter 6

Materials

  • 12 items to be shared
  • Counters
  • Craft sticks (optional)
  • Paper, at least 12 cm long
  • Small plates
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? by Seon Chae
  • Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale by Ruby Dee
  • Counting Sheep by Julie Glass
  • Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • Spunky Monkeys on Parade by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Corkscrew Counts: A Story About Multiplication by Donna Jo Napoli and Richard Tchen
  • A Remainder of One by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • Arctic Fives Arrive by Elinor J. Pinczes
Chapter 7

Materials

  • Counters
  • Index cards
  • Construction paper (optional)
  • Multiplication fact cards made by students in this chapter
  • Paper plates
  • Sticky notes
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Lots of Ladybugs by Michael Dahl
  • Count on Pablo by Barbara deRubertis
  • Minnie’s Diner by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • The Great Divide by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • How Many Feet in the Bed? by Diane Johnston Hamm
  • 2 × 2 = Boo!: A Set of Spooky Multiplication Stories by Loreen Leedy
  • Arctic Fives Arrive by Elinor J. Pinczes

Grade 2B

Chapter 8

Materials

  • 10-sided dice
  • Counters or linking cubes
  • Die with modified sides labeled: 97, 97, 98, 98, 99, 99
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Index cards
  • Recording sheet
  • Place-value discs
  • Playing cards
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

Chapter 9

Materials

  • Construction paper
  • Counters
  • Craft punches/hole punches
  • Dot stickers
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Fly swatters or bean bags
  • Glue
  • Index cards
  • Markers or crayons
  • Modified die with sides labeled: 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 10
  • Paper
  • Paper plates
  • Pebble
  • Recording sheet
  • Sidewalk chalk or painter’s tape
  • Sticky notes
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Math Attack! by Joan Horton
  • 2 × 2 = Boo! by Loreen Leedy
  • Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligot
  • Divide and Ride by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Spunky Monkeys on Parade by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do! by Stuart J. Murphy
Chapter 10

Materials

  • 100 pennies (counted out)
  • 10-sided dice
  • Bags
  • Classroom items labeled with cost less than $10
  • Newspapers and/or magazines
  • Paper bag
  • Price tags
  • Real $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills
  • Real pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
  • Play coins and bills
  • Recording sheets
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math and Money by Amy Axelrod
  • A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many? by Brian P. Cleary
  • Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins
  • The Lunch Line by Karen Berman Nagel
  • The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Chapter 11

Materials

  • Colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Fraction tiles
  • Fraction circles
  • Geometric shapes
  • Googly eyes
  • Paper shapes
  • Pattern blocks
  • Round paper plates or papers
  • Scissors
  • Square paper, such as Origami paper
  • Square pieces of blank paper
  • Strips of paper (strips handed out in individual lessons should be of equal length)
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • A Fraction’s Goal — Parts of a Whole by Brian P. Cleary
  • Full House by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld
  • Mary Clare Likes to Share by Joy Hulme
  • Jump, Kangaroo, Jump! by Stuart J. Murphy
  • The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein
  • The Wishing Club by Donna Jo Napoli and Anna Currey
Chapter 12

Materials

  • Chalk
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper plates
  • Recording sheet listing all students in the class
  • Strips of paper
  • Student clocks with geared hands
  • Demonstration clock
  • Whiteboards

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Storybooks

  • Around the Clock by Roz Chast
  • A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It by Brian P. Cleary
  • I.Q. It’s Time by Mary Ann Frazer
  • Telling Time with Big Mama Cat by Dan Harper
  • The Clock Struck One by Trudy Harris
  • A Second is a Hiccup by Hazel Hutchings
  • What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra
  • Me Counting Time: From Seconds to Centuries by Joan Sweeney
Chapter 13

Materials

  • 1-gallon jugs
  • 1-liter beakers or measuring cups
  • 1-liter bottles
  • 2-gallon buckets
  • 2-liter bottles with tops cut off and labels removed
  • Containers to hold liquid such as buckets/pails, drink bottles, jars, jugs, measuring cups, a large thermos, and a watering can
  • Dry goods to measure such as sand, rice, or bird seed
  • Large plastic drinking cups
  • Large sponges
  • Recording sheets
  • Small paper cups
  • Small pitchers (at least 2 different sizes) that students can easily handle when filled
  • Water
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

  • None

Storybooks

  • Mathstart: Room For Ripley by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Pastry School in Paris: An Adventure in Capacity by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Capacity by Henry Pluckrose
Chapter 14

Materials

  • Crayons or markers
  • Recording sheets
  • Sticky notes
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 15

Materials

  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Geoboards
  • Geometric solids shape sets
  • Large paper shapes including quadrilaterals, rectangles, circles, semicircles, quarter-circles, triangles, pentagons, and hexagons
  • Music
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper
  • Paper clip
  • Paper squares
  • Pattern blocks
  • Round paper plates or paper circles
  • Rubber bands
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Shape cards including quadrilaterals, rectangles, circles, semicircles, quarter-circles, triangles, pentagons, and hexagons
  • Tangram shapes
  • Three-dimensional solids such as canisters, boxes, soccer balls, party hats, dice, and frisbees
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards

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Storybooks

  • The Shape Of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
  • Cubes, Cones, Cylinders and Spheres by Tana Hoban
  • Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
  • Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
  • Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Skippyjon Jones: Shape Up by Judy Schachner
  • I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait

Grade 3A

Chapter 1

Materials

  • 10-sided dice
  • Blank paper
  • Chalk or painter’s tape
  • Counters
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Name tags with decomposed numbers written on them
  • Note cards, folded in half with multiples of 10 to 100: 0, 10, 20, 30, … 90, 100
  • Note cards, folded in half with multiples of 100 to 1,000: 0, 100, 200, 300, … 900, 1,000
  • Place-value discs
  • Recording sheet listing names of all students in the class
  • Rubber bands
  • Straws or craft sticks, 200–300 per group of four students
  • String or yarn, 12 feet
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • Place Value by David A. Adler
  • Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander
  • How Big is a Million by Anna Milbourn
  • Earth Day — Hooray by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Really Big Numbers by Richard Evan Schwartz
Chapter 2

Materials

  • Art paper
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Game markers
  • Two different color strips of paper of the same length for each student
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 3

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • 3-minute timer
  • Dry erase markers
  • Place-value discs
  • Playing cards
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 4

Materials

  • Counters
  • Dice
  • Die with modified sides: 0 in place of 6
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Half-inch graph paper
  • Multiplication and division fact cards for 0 to 5
  • Paper plates with the center cut out
  • Plastic bags
  • Recording sheet
  • Strips of paper
  • Two-color counters
  • Whistle
  • Whiteboards

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Storybooks

  • The Multiplying Menace Divides by Paul Calvert
  • The Great Divide by Dayle Ann Dodds
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • A Remainder of One by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • One Hundred Angry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
Chapter 5

Materials

  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils
  • Place-value discs
  • Playing cards
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 6

Materials

  • Bags
  • Base ten blocks (tens and ones)
  • Counters
  • Die with modified sides: 0 in place of 6
  • Die with modified sides: “roll again” in place of 6
  • Division fact cards (students will make these in the Chapter Opener)
  • Index cards
  • Place-value discs
  • Recording sheet

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Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 7

Materials

  • Crayons or markers
  • Rulers
  • Sticky notes

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None

Grade 3B

Chapter 8

Materials

  • Blank paper
  • Index cards
  • Paper plates with the center cut out
  • Place-value disks
  • Whiteboards

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Chapter 9

Materials

  • 1-meter strips of paper or adding machine tape
  • Different length strips of paper or adding machine tape
  • Dry erase markers
  • Fractions tiles for fifths, eighths, and tenths
  • Paper strip or adding tape that is at least 12 in long
  • String
  • Whiteboards

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Chapter 10

Materials

  • Blank paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Dry erase sleeve
  • Fraction tiles or fraction circles
  • Light colored dry erase marker
  • Ruler
  • Strips of paper of equal length
  • Whiteboards

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Chapter 11

Materials

  • 1,000 mL beakers
  • 500 mL beakers
  • Centimeter rulers
  • Chalk or painter’s tape
  • Inch rulers
  • Index cards
  • Items that weigh between 1 kg and 5 kg
  • Large pieces of butcher paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Meter sticks
  • Platform scales measuring in metric units
  • Small paper cups
  • Teaspoons
  • Water
  • Water bottles (1/2 liter)
  • Weight sets
  • Yardsticks
  • Whiteboards

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Chapter 12

Materials

  • Brads or fasteners
  • Cardstock, cardboard, or foam strips (or geostrips)
  • Classroom rulers (inch and centimeter)
  • Compass
  • Dot paper
  • Geoboards
  • Half sheet of paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Rubber bands
  • Set squares
  • Straightedges
  • Straws cut to the lengths 10 cm, 8 cm, 6 cm, and 5 cm
  • Tangram sets
  • Yardsticks or meter sticks
  • Whiteboards

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Chapter 13

Materials

  • 1-in square tiles or pieces of paper
  • 10-sided dice
  • 4″ × 6″ index cards
  • 6-sided dice
  • Centimeter ruler
  • Dry erase markers in 2 colors
  • Dry erase sleeve
  • Graph paper
  • Rectangular towels or blankets of different but similar sizes
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks or craft sticks
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Chapter 14

Materials

  • Clock with a second hand
  • Demonstration clock
  • Stopwatch or timer
  • Student clocks with geared hands
  • Whiteboards

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Chapter 15

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • Bag of random coins
  • Blank recording sheet
  • Newspaper circulars
  • Play coins and bills
  • Whiteboards

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Grade 4A

Chapter 1

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • Bag
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Place-value discs
  • Whiteboards

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Storybooks

  • How Much is a Million? by David M Schwartz
Chapter 2

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • Counters
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Index cards
  • Place-value discs
  • Scratch paper
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 3

Materials

  • 10-sided die, 2
  • Colored pencils
  • Counters
  • Deck of cards with face cards removed
  • Dry erase markers
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Flash cards with a multiplication expression on one side and the product on the other side
  • Markers
  • Square tiles, 12 for each student
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 4

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • Deck of cards with face cards removed
  • Dry erase markers
  • Place-value discs
  • Place-value organizer
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 5

Materials

  • Dry erase markers
  • Place-value discs
  • Play money
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 6

Materials

  • Dry erase markers
  • Fraction bars or fifths
  • Index cards
  • Pattern blocks
  • Ruler or straightedge
  • String
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 7

Materials

  • Dry erase markers
  • Fraction circles or bars
  • Fraction manipulatives
  • Pattern blocks
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 8

Materials

  • 10-sided die, 3
  • Bags, 3
  • Beans or markers to cover bingo numbers
  • Dry erase markers
  • Fraction bars
  • Fraction manipulatives
  • Hula hoops
  • Meter stick
  • Paper circles, 6
  • Recording sheet
  • Slips of paper, 3 per student
  • Small bean bags or other small, soft objects, 12
  • Two-color counters
  • Whiteboards
  • Yarn

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 9

Materials

  • Dry erase markers
  • Newspapers or magazines
  • Ruler or straightedge
  • Set of data
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None

Grade 4B

Chapter 10

Materials

  • 1-cup and 1-quart measuring cups
  • 1-ft rulers
  • 1-liter measuring cups
  • 10-ft measuring tapes
  • 3-ft stripes of paper, or ribbon
  • Analog clock
  • Chalk
  • Empty Bottles
  • Items that weight between 1–5 pounds
  • Meter sticks
  • Platform scales measuring customary units
  • Platform scales measuring metric units
  • Rulers with centimeter and inch markings
  • Whiteboards
  • Yardsticks

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 11

Materials

  • 1-ft ruler
  • 1-ft square papers
  • Dry erase markers, 2 colors
  • Dry erase sleeve
  • Toothpicks
  • Whiteboards
  • Yardsticks

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 12

Materials

  • 1-ft paper strips
  • Brown paper bag
  • Counters
  • Deck of cards
  • Dry erase markers, 2 colors
  • Dry erase sleeve
  • Meter sticks
  • Newspaper Advertising Circulars
  • Place-value cards
  • Place-value discs
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 13

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • Counters
  • Deck of cards
  • Place-value discs
  • Play bills, pennies, dimes
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 14

Materials

  • 10-sided die
  • Place-value discs
  • Play bills and coins
  • Take-out menus from restaurants
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 15

Materials

  • Chalk
  • Demonstration protractor
  • Dry erase markers, 2 colors
  • Dry erase sleeves
  • Hula hoops
  • Paper
  • Set squares
  • Straightedges or rulers
  • Student protractors
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 16

Materials

  • Colored pencils
  • Compass
  • Grid paper
  • Paper
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Set Squares
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 17

Materials

  • Colored markers
  • Cubes
  • Cuboids (rectangular prisms)
  • Grid paper
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Set Squares
  • Shipping boxes with lids/tops
  • Square Cards
  • Tape
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None

Grade 5A

Chapter 1

Materials

  • Dry erase markers

  • Ten-sided dice

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 2

Materials

  • Dry-erase markers

  • Deck of playing cards with face cards removed

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 3

Materials

  • Place-value discs

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 4

Materials

  • Dry erase sleeves

  • Paper strips

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 5

Materials

  • Beans or markers

  • Counters

  • Fraction manipulatives

  • Index cards

  • Strips of paper

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 6

Materials

  • Counters

  • Die

  • Index cards

  • Paper clips

  • Pattern blocks

  • Paper strips

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 7

Materials

  • Construction paper

  • Graph paper

  • Measuring tape

  • Measuring tools, for example: yardstick, meter stick, ruler, measuring cup, pint, quart, liter, and gallon containers, balance scale, food scale, analog clock, etc.

  • Ruler

  • Set square or straight edge

  • Square pieces of paper

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 8

Materials

  • 1-cm centimeter cubes

  • 1 liter measuring cube

  • 100 mL beakers or liquid measuring cups with mL markings

  • Bricks

  • Centimeter cubes

  • Counters, 8 per student

  • Liter measuring cup

  • Rocks, marbles, or other solids

  • Tank

  • Unit cubes

  • Whiteboard

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Storybooks

  • None

Grade 5B

Chapter 9

Materials

  • Base-ten blocks

  • Meter sticks

  • Place-value cards

  • Place-value discs

  • Rulers

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 10

Materials

  • Place-value discs

  • Two paper clips

  • Two-color counters

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 11

Materials

  • Compasses

  • Geoboards

  • Protractors

  • Rulers

  • Set squares

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 12

Materials

  • Chalk

  • Colored pencils

  • Colored pens

  • Dice

  • Equilateral triangles from a pattern block set

  • Linking cubes

  • Painters tape

  • Place-value cards, ones and tenths

  • Place-value discs, ones and tenths

  • Playing Cards

  • Ruler or straightedge

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 13

Materials

  • Linking cubes

  • Opaque bag

  • Place-value discs

  • Two-color counters

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 14

Materials

  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

  • None

Storybooks

  • None
Chapter 15

Materials

  • Newspapers and advertising circulars
  • Whiteboards

Blackline Masters

Storybooks

  • None