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

- 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)** - Possibly a set of the 2B textbooks: 25 x $9 = $225 (
**$367.50)** - A Teacher Manual for 1B, 2A & 2B: 3 x $21 = $63
**($88.50)** - A workbook for reference and problem ideas for 1B, 2A & 2B = 3 x $9 = $27
**($44.10)** - Challenging Word problems level 1 & 2: 2 x $8.50 = $17.00
**($29.40)** - Intensive Practice: 1B, 2A & 2B: 3 x $8.80 = $26.40
**($38.40)** ~~Process Skills in Problem Solving L2: $10.70~~**($12.80)**- Math Sprints Masters, Levels 1 & 2: 2 x $31 =$62
**($68)** - Elementary Mathematics for Teachers by Parker & Baldridge: $29
**($33)** - 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:

Place Value Disks, 100 Ones Disks

Place Value Disks – 100 Tens Disks

Place Value Disks – 100 Hundreds Disks

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

- 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)** - A Teacher Manual for each level: $21 each book, 2 books per grade level = $42 per grade level
**($24.50 – $31.50 each)** - Challenging Word problems are $11 each and there are 6 levels (1-6)
**($14.80 and $15.20)** - Process Skills in Problem Solving vary in cost from $10.20 to $12.80 – levels 1-6
**($12.80 – $14.80)** - SpeedMaths Level 1 – 4: $8.20 each (no higher than level 4!)
**($12.80)** - Math Sprints Masters, Levels 1 -5: 5 x $31
**($34)** - Elementary Mathematics for Teachers by Parker & Baldridge: $29 several copies for staff
**($33)** - The Singapore Model Method for Learning Mathematics: $29 for grades 5 & up
**($32)** - Teaching of Whole Numbers by Dr Yeap Ban Har, Singapore’s renowned math educator, $30.50
**($32)** - Bar Modeling A Problem-solving Tool also by by Dr Yeap Ban Har, for lower elementary. $30.50
**($32)** - Place Value Disks: get plenty of ones, tens and hundreds. $15.95 per 100 disks
**($7.95 per 100 disks)** - 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?**