Required Materials

Blank paper


any fair two-sided coin

Colored pencils


Copies of blackline master

Cylindrical household items

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 toilet paper roll

Four-function calculators

Fruits or vegetables

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

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.

Index cards

Internet-enabled device


Maps or satellite images of the school grounds


Materials assembled from the blackline master

Measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Measuring tapes

Measuring tools

Metal paper fasteners

brass brads

Meter sticks

Metric and customary unit conversion charts

Mixing containers

Number cubes

cubes with sides numbered from 1 to 6


Paper bags

Paper clips

Paper cups

Paper plates

Pattern blocks

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.

Receipt tape



Rulers marked with centimeters

Rulers marked with inches


Small disposable cups

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