It’s easy to prepare for teaching with Dimensions Math® curriculum! Simply gather the items listed on the Materials List for each chapter. Note that the Blackline Masters can be printed right from this website. For some, like dot cards, number cards, or ten-frame cards, you can use whatever you have on hand or create your own if you would rather.

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

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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

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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

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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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