## Throwback Thursday: If I had a million dollars, ok \$1000…

Over the summer, We thought it would be fun to run some of the most popular posts from the past. When I re-read a post from the past I always take away something different because I am in a different place with my own experience. Perhaps you are as well!

I updated the cost of the materials to current 2017 prices (in bold) for the US Edition of Primary Mathematics, which are higher but include shipping on orders over \$50. That puts us over the original \$1000 threshold, but not bad…

For students that struggle, I would now recommend a recently published series: Visible Thinking in Mathematics with A & B titles at most grade levels that run from \$12.80 to \$14 each.

### If I had a million dollars, ok \$1000…

###### Originally published 6/20/2013

Recently, I received a question from an excited teacher who had just received a grant to spend on her classroom: “If you had a \$1000 dollar grant and taught second grade, what would be the most important pieces of Singapore Math you’d buy?”

If I had a million dollars, ok \$1000… here are two scenarios.

### #1 Using the curriculum in 2nd grade as your main curriculum

1. A classroom set of the 1B & 2A textbooks @ \$9.00 each, so if you had 24 students + 1 for teacher: 25 x \$18 = \$450     (\$735)
2. Possibly a set of the 2B textbooks: 25 x \$9 = \$225     (\$367.50)
3. A Teacher Manual for 1B, 2A & 2B: 3 x \$21 = \$63     (\$88.50)
4. A workbook for reference and problem ideas for 1B, 2A & 2B = 3 x \$9 = \$27     (\$44.10)
5. Challenging Word problems level 1 & 2: 2 x \$8.50 = \$17.00     (\$29.40)
6. Intensive Practice: 1B, 2A & 2B: 3 x \$8.80 = \$26.40     (\$38.40)
7. Process Skills in Problem Solving L2: \$10.70     (\$12.80)
8. Math Sprints Masters, Levels 1 & 2: 2 x \$31 =\$62     (\$68)
9. Elementary Mathematics for Teachers by Parker & Baldridge: \$29     (\$33)
10. Place Value Strips: \$12.50     ( \$13.95)

That’s \$625.80 (Currently: \$1430.65 including shipping)

I’d spend the rest on linking cubes, base-10 blocks, place value disks or other manipulatives and containers to keep them organized.

Keep in mind that for Number Disks/Place Value Disks you’ll need about 20 each of ones, tens and hundreds disks per student or pair of students sharing. Many companies sell these:

### #2 Using Singapore Math to Supplement another core curriculum:

1. Start a library at your school with one set of the textbooks and workbooks for every grade level at the school as reference (4 per grade level)  x \$9.00 each book – k-6 would be \$36 x 7, k-5 would be \$36 x 6    (\$14.70 x 4 per grade level for grades 1 – 4  and \$15 x 4 for grades 5 and 6)
2. A Teacher Manual for each level:  \$21 each book, 2 books per grade level = \$42 per grade level     (\$24.50 – \$31.50 each)
3. Challenging Word problems are \$11 each and there are 6 levels (1-6)    (\$14.80 and \$15.20)
4. Process Skills in Problem Solving vary in cost from \$10.20 to \$12.80 – levels 1-6   (\$12.80 – \$14.80)
5. SpeedMaths Level 1 – 4: \$8.20 each (no higher than level 4!) (\$12.80)
6. Math Sprints Masters, Levels 1 -5: 5 x \$31    (\$34)
7. Elementary Mathematics for Teachers by Parker & Baldridge: \$29 several copies for staff (\$33)
8. The Singapore Model Method for Learning Mathematics: \$29 for grades 5 & up (\$32)
9. Teaching of Whole Numbers by Dr Yeap Ban Har, Singapore’s renowned math educator, \$30.50     (\$32)
10. Bar Modeling A Problem-solving Tool also by by Dr Yeap Ban Har, for lower elementary. \$30.50     (\$32)
11. Place Value Disks: get plenty of ones, tens and hundreds. \$15.95 per 100 disks     (\$7.95 per 100 disks)
12. Place Value Strips: \$12.50 and other manipulatives (if you don’t already have them on campus).    (\$13.95)

What did I miss? Are there any books or tools that you consider “must-haves” in your Singapore Math classroom?

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I visited a wonderful second grade classroom last week!

Number bond, words and a place value chart for the number 152.

In the classroom, students were working on adding two-digit numbers. Some examples follow: