An Elementary Resource List

Compiled by:

Sheri Rugland

Stacy Paquin

Margo Hunt

Nicole Hamm

Lynda Gellner

Niki Deck

Sherri Allen

Table of Contents:

A. Supporting Program Material
B. Print Resources
C. Manipulatives
E. Web Sites
F. Posters and Pictures
G. Children's Literature

A. Supporting Program Material

1. Quest 2000 Exploring Mathematics. (1996). Canada: Addison-Wesley Publishers Limited


Series includes:

2. Interactions. (1993). Ginn Publishing Canada, Inc.

Series includes:

Measurement Topics:


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B. Print Resources

1. Gage: Active Mathematics. (1992). Canada: Gage Education Publishing Company

Series includes:

a) Teacher Resource Binder:

b) Big Books:

c) Blackline Master:

d) Student Profile Book:

e) Investigation Book:

f) Activity Cards:

2. SAIL Through Mathematics: Structured activities for intelligent learning. An elementary school resource book by Richard Skemp.

Measurement topics:

Volume 2 and 2a: (Grades 4 - 6)


3. Communicating with color tiles: Primary. (1993). Dr. William J. Masalski.

4. Exploring with color tiles: Grades K-3. (1990). Judi Magarian-Gold and Sandra Mogensen.

5. Pattern Blocks with Primary Grades: Grades K-3 - Active learning series. (1992). Lynda Bowen and Grant Jones.

6. Tangrams in Action: K-4. (1992). Learning Resources.

7. The show and tell geoboard collection - Grades 2-4 and Grades 4-6. Julian D'Angela.

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C. Manipulatives

Type of Manipulative


  • Cubical Counting Blocks
  • Impuzzables
  • Geometry Template
  • Geo Blocks
  • Tangrams
  • Color Tiles
  • Geo Boards
  • Pentominoes
  • Cuisenaire Rods
  • Attribute Blocks
  • Unifix Blocks
  • Multi-Base blocks
  • Base Ten Blocks
  • Sorting/Counting Trays
  • Tape Measures
  • Miras
  • Ideal School Supplies Co., IL
  • Lakeside Industries, MN
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Cuisenaire Co. Of America
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Creative Publications, CA
  • Cuisenaire Co. Of America
  • Creative Publications, CA
  • Didax Educational Resources, MA
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Exclusive Co.
  • Exclusive Co.

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1. Math concepts and skills: Building essential concepts, skills, and strategies. Computer Curriculum Corporation. Suitable for Grades K-8.

2. Math finder. Suitable for Grades K-6.

3. Real-world math: Adventures in flight. Addison-Wesley. Suitable for Grades 4-8.

4. Timetown. Steck-Vaughn Interactive Learning. Suitable for Grades K-6.

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E. Audio/Visual Resources

1. Windows on math (Units 1-10, Vol. 3). (1996). [Video Disk] Optical Data Corporation, NJ. Suitable for Grades K-6.

2. How long? How far? [Video] Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V981] Suitable for Grades 3-7.

3. How much? How long? [Video] Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V9819]. Suitable for Grades 3-7.

4. How much does it hold? [Video]. Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V9820]. Suitable for Grades 3-7.

5. Measured loaf. [Video]. Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V182]. Suitable for Grades 1-5.

6. Measurement: The difference between perimeter and area. [Video]. Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V2478]. Suitable for Grades 1-5.

7. All star elf. [Video]. Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V9133]. 15 minutes. Suitable for Grades 1-2.

8. Big business. [Video]. Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V9143]. 15 minutes. Suitable for Grades 2-3.

9. Measurements. [Video]. Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V9357]. 26 minutes. Suitable for Grades 2-6.

10. Super gnome. [Video]. Available from Media House Publications, Regina, SK. [Catalogue No. V9147]. 15 minutes. Suitable for Grades 2-3.

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F. Web Sites

1. The mathematics hotlist at the Franklin Institute

2. gopher:// Resources/Lesson_Plans/Big%20Sky/math/


3. gopher:// Resources/Lesson_Plans/Big%20Sky/math/




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F. Pictures and Posters

1. Learning Works, located in Regina, SK., stocks a variety of different posters and charts. One good package suitable for Elementary and/or Middle years teachers is a package containing various posters showing all the different topics of measurement.

2. The Education Library at the University of Regina houses a variety of Measurement posters and pictures:

a) Large pictures - include a number of posters on the metric system. Most of these pictures are older and many of them are not very good but there are a few that will be useful to both Elementary and Middle years teachers. There are also some posters available on temperature. Many of the posters show different seasons and weather but there are some large posters of thermometers that may be of use to teachers. The posters on time will not be useful for math classes as they only show time zone maps of different areas.

b) The Picture File Collection [File cabinet] - there is a lot of materials on the metric system. There are over 50 different posters and pictures, many of which will be useful to a variety of different age groups. There is also a large package on the topic of money. These pictures show different types of money, people spending money and show different uses for money. The pictures are old but they may be useful in younger grades.

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G. Children's Literature

1. Adler, D.A. (1975). 3D, 2D, 1D. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, NY.

2. Allington, R., & Krull, K. (1983). Beginning to learn about measuring. Raintree Childrens' Books.

3. Arnold, C. (1984) Measurements - Fun, fact, and activities. Franklin Watts, NY.

4. Behrens, J. (1975). The true book of metric measurement. Childrens' Press: Chicago, IL.

5. Branley, F. M. How little and how much: A book about scales. Thomas Y. Crowell Co.: NY.

6. Branley, F.M. (1975). Measure with metric. Thomas Y. Crowell Co.: NY.

7. Dodge, B.S. (1972). Big is so big. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc.: NY.

8. Hughes, S. (1986). All shapes and sizes. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books: NY.

9. Matthieas, M., & Thiessen, D. The wonderful world of mathematics. National Council of Teacher of Mathematics.

a) Adams, P. Ten Beads Tall. Child's Play: Sudbury, MA.

This book allows children to explore measurement with non-standard units using a string of ten beads which come attached to the book. The students can make size comparisons of the different objects presented on each page.

b) Allington, R. L. (1979) Opposites. Raintree Publications: Milwaukee, WI.

This book deals with the basic measurement concepts such as big and little, far and near, and tall and short. The book is explicitly illustrated and is appropriate for young children.

c) Greenfield, E. (1991) Big friend, little friend. Black Butterfly Children's Books: NY.

This book uses everyday situations and experiences to compare and contrast the concepts of "big and little". The use of situations which students can relate to will aid in their understanding of the concept as well as help them to become aware of the size of things in their environment.

d) It is larger? Is it smaller? (1985). Greenwillow Books: NY.

This book uses real-life examples to reinforce the concepts of larger and smaller.

e) My first look at sizes. (1990). Random House: NY.

Comparisons and sequencing are the main focus of this book. Once again real-life photos and examples are used to reinforce the concepts.

f) Pety, K., & Kopper, L. (1987). What's that size? Franklin Watts: NY.

A group of friends visit the zoo and are given the opportunity to explore the ideas of big and tall, fat and thin, long and short, small and tiny, and same size.

g) Youldon, G. (1982). Sizes. Franklin Watts: NY.

The concept of size is introduced through unique design and vibrant color. Various animals are portrayed twice, however each time the animal grows and is then compared to something even bigger.

10. Podendorf, I. (1971). How big is a stick? Childrens' Press: Chicago, IL.

11. Spodendorf, K. (1970). Many is how many? Children's Press: Chicago, IL.

12. Schwartz, D.M. (1985). How much is a million? Scholastic Inc.: NY.

13. Shapp, M., & Shapp, C. Let's find out what's big and what's small. Franklin Watts, Inc.: NY.

14. Srivastava, J. J. (1974). Area. Thomas Y. Crowell Co.: NY.

Other Children's Literature:




1. The 329th friend Marjorie Sharmat -measuring the width, length, etc., of potatoes
2. Something absolutely enormous Margaret Wild -weight and length of yarn
3. Paul Bunyan Steven Kellogg -compare size of baby Paul to self as baby and to other objects in the environment.
4. Out for the count Kathryn Cane -measure length of pythons
5. Jacob two-tow and the dinosaur Mordecai Richler -measure length and size of dinosaur, compare to objects in the school
6. Frank and Zelda Maryann Kovalski -measure width, length, etc., of world's largest pizza.
7. Charlie and the chocolate factory Unknown -measure height of Oompa-Loompas

-comparison to other objects

-explore full height and half height

8. Alexander who used to be rich last Sunday Judith Viorst -time
9. Slower than a snail Anne Schreiber -non-standard units of measurement
10. The biggest fish Sheila Keenam -standard form of comparison and measurement

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