Required Materials

Blank paper

Colored pencils


Copies of blackline master

Dried linguine pasta

We specified linguine since it is flatter and less likely to roll around than spaghetti.

Four-function calculators

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.

Graduated cylinders

Graph paper

Isometric graph paper

Long straightedge

Measuring tapes

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.


Rulers marked with centimeters

Rulers marked with inches

Scientific calculators


Spherical objects



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.

Toothpicks, pencils, straws, or other objects

Tracing paper

Bundles of "patty paper" are available commercially for a very low cost. These are small sheets (about 5" by 5") of transparent paper.