Recommended Supplies

  • IMPORTANT: Please develop an organizational system that works for you. There are many ways to set up your home study area and supplies. It doesn't really matter if you have a 3-ring notebook or file folder or comp books or spirals. Create a system and use it daily, beginning with your daily notes from class and reading. Here is a list of recommended supplies for 2020-21.


    4 composition books (or spiral). I think you'll need at least one comp book per quarter. Families, please ask to see your students' class notebook weekly to make sure your student is engaged and keeping hand-written notes regularly. Students should have work and notes from each class and a daily warm-up.

    Pack of #2 pencils, sharp, or pens from the junk drawer. (BTW, I don't believe in erasers. If you make a mistake, just draw a line neatly through your work. You might need to understand your mistake later on).  I like to keep my pens and pencils in a metal can - isn't that so old school? You can decorate your cans, but I prefer the rugged look of bare tinplate.

    Black Sharpie pen (fine point). You can clearly show your writing and work on-screen!

    A folder or 3-ring binder to store hand-outs and loose work. Keep your work chronological. Some (not all) quizzes and exams will be open note or you may have a 3x5 card.  I have some new and used binders for free. Granny's also has binders.

    2+ Pilot G2.07 pens (different colors). We will draw and sketch in the class a lot. Drawing is a strategy for solving math problems.

    An inexpensive compass for geometric constructions and a protractor for measuring angles and charting. Check out Amazon's many options for compass and protractor kits. Place your order in August so you'll be ready by September.

    Obtain some graph paper please.  I like the 8.5 x 11 "Graph Paper Composition" book from Amazon, 100 pages.

    Miscellaneous: Dig through that kitchen junk draw and see if you can also round up: ruler with centimeters and inches, tape measure, headphones, colored pencils, scissors. A clip board is handy, too. Show your work on-line with a black sharpie; present your work to the camera on the clipboard.


    We have some scientific calculators in the classroom which I will check out to students who provide their own AAA batteries. Otherwise, I recommend obtaining an inexpensive scientific calculator (less than $15). I like the TI-30X-series workhorses. However, if you plan on taking the AP Calculus or AP Stats tests in the future, you might consider a programmable, graphing calculator (TI 84 series, $95) but why don't you try a classroom one first? Technology changes so fast. By your senior year, you might just rely on that surgically-embedded microchip in your prefrontal cortex. 

    Desmos (on the web) is a fantastic alternative to a graphing calculator. Check it out.

    $10 on Amazon this week:

    Your smart phone also has a really good calculator. Use this only if you have the discipline to stay focused and avoid the siren call of all the other things to do with smart phones. Your Chromebook will also have on-line calculators available.

    Each student will receive a personal Big Ideas Geometry Student Journal. Maybe you'll receive one of three journals autographed by Fields Medal winners Maryam Mirzakhani or Karen Uhlanbeck!

    We have Chromebooks in our classroom. Given the uncertainties created by Covid-19, this might be the year to consider purchasing a laptop if you are able. Otherwise, the District will be lending support.