Introducing Cube Connectors

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Cube Connectors is a strategy that I’ve created – and would like to share with you.  This combination of images and descriptions will have your students seeking connections in ways you may never have anticipated!

In addition, I plan to create an ongoing bank of resources so that you can turn the cube connectors strategy into a classroom routine!

Before you download the three free resources – including the animated slides – watch the video.  Then you will be ready to unleash this powerful resource in you classroom.

Along the way, if you take pictures, please send them to me.  I’d love to post some on the blog!



Click here to download:

Cube Connectors Slide 1 (with annotations)

Cube Connectors Slide 1 (without any annotations)

Cube Connectors PDF


Update!  The Second Cube Connector resource is now ready at this link!


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Thank you for reading!  I look forward to seeing your pictures!









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  1. Cindy Dean on January 5, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I love the slides. I can’t wait to share with my students this week. These will get my students talking about math

  2. Bridget on September 10, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I love this, I am using it as a PD number sense with fellow math teachers tomorrow. What are the connections in the model to the 3:1 ratio?

    • Steve Wyborney on September 13, 2019 at 6:23 am

      Great question! That particular one is meant to prompt a conversation on the different between part-to-part rations and part-to-whole ratios. If I recall correctly, you could make a case for it in the second image (although I’m going from memory here) and that could lead to an interesting conversation about how ratios need to be understood very specifically.

  3. Karyn Berry on September 3, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I watched (a couple of times) your webinar on the Virtual Summit because I was enrolled in Christina’s Number Sense 101 course. I am familiarizing myself with your content. I really want to try the Carving Template in the show notes. You said it was on your blog so teachers can create designs. I am unable to locate this on your site. How do I get to it because I feel this is such a valuable resource.

    • on September 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Hi, Karyn. I’ll send it right over and will have it up on the blog soon.

  4. Lori on September 2, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I just came across your blog after seeing something about splat on the youcubed fb page. Wow…. such an awesome resource! Can’t wait to use cube connectors with my students! Thank you.

    • on September 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      My pleasure, Lori! I’m so happy you will be using it. Let me know how it goes!

  5. Susan Jones on July 27, 2016 at 7:23 am

    My first thought was ‘how do I know there are cubes underneath the top ones?’ because I’m that student…. and to wonder whether some students might struggle w/ the 3D aspects of this (which can be a good thing if they’re building with the struggle). I’d want some real cubes around to play with different arrangements (including linear) — and maybe to have a ‘number line’ version of it, too. (I work w/ adult learners who would first have to work around the “what’s the right answer????” issue, too… which this activity would be great for!)

    • on July 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Now that is great feedback! Thank you, Susan! This is really helpful. I certainly wrestled with the “hidden cubes” issue. Along the way, I switched the entry animation so that for just a moment they are transparent, and you can see through them, but clearly there are so many that it is hard to distinguish in that moment. Any ideas on how to state that the “hidden cubes” are present. I’d like that to be clear so that there can be a solid focus on the intended ideas. I very much appreciate this feedback!

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