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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 Mermaid1
  • 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

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