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Cube Conversations is a set of 80 (eighty!) animated lessons designed to promote visually rich math discourse.  I’ve designed these lessons to invite many voices and vantage points into classroom conversations.

Much like Splat!, you control the animation with a few simple clicks  – and each click presents an opportunity for students to see and discuss an image in new ways.

Of course, there is also a sense of mystery, much like what your students felt in Splat!  The end of each slide includes The Reveal, when the answer is shown.

I hope your classroom will be filled with rich math talk, inspiring insights from your students, and moments of celebration as you guide your class through Cube Conversations!

Watch the video, download the lessons, and allow your students to amaze your with their visual math thinking.

 

***UPDATE:  You can now download the 80 printable Cube Conversations pages here.

 

After reading this blog post, take a look at  THE 12 MOST POPULAR MATH STRATEGIES AND DOWNLOADS ON THIS BLOG.

 

THE ANIMATED LESSONS

Level 1:  “Single Layer Structures, Part A”

Grades:  K-3

 

Cube Conversations Set 1

Cube Conversations Set 2

Cube Conversations Set 3

Cube Conversations Set 4

Cube Conversations Set 5

Cube Conversations Set 6

Cube Conversations Set 7

Cube Conversations Set 8

Cube Conversations Set 9

Cube Conversations Set 10

 

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Level 2:  “Single Layer Structures, Part B”

Grades:  K-3

 

Cube Conversations Set 11

Cube Conversations Set 12

Cube Conversations Set 13

Cube Conversations Set 14

Cube Conversations Set 15

Cube Conversations Set 16

Cube Conversations Set 17

Cube Conversations Set 18

Cube Conversations Set 19

Cube Conversations Set 20

 

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Level 3:  “Twice as Thick”

Grades:  2-6

 

Cube Conversations Set 21

Cube Conversations Set 22

Cube Conversations Set 23

Cube Conversations Set 24

Cube Conversations Set 25

Cube Conversations Set 26

Cube Conversations Set 27

Cube Conversations Set 28

Cube Conversations Set 29

Cube Conversations Set 30

 

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Level 4:  “Texture Time”

Grades:  2-6

 

Cube Conversations Set 31

Cube Conversations Set 32

Cube Conversations Set 33

Cube Conversations Set 34

Cube Conversations Set 35

Cube Conversations Set 36

Cube Conversations Set 37

Cube Conversations Set 38

Cube Conversations Set 39

Cube Conversations Set 40

 

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Level 5:  “Challenging Structures”

Grades:  3 – 8

 

Cube Conversations Set 41

Cube Conversations Set 42

Cube Conversations Set 43

Cube Conversations Set 44

Cube Conversations Set 45

Cube Conversations Set 46

Cube Conversations Set 47

Cube Conversations Set 48

Cube Conversations Set 49

Cube Conversations Set 50

 

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Level 6:  “Increasing Complexity”

Grades:  3 – 8

 

Cube Conversations Set 51

Cube Conversations Set 52

Cube Conversations Set 53

Cube Conversations Set 54

Cube Conversations Set 55

Cube Conversations Set 56

Cube Conversations Set 57

Cube Conversations Set 58

Cube Conversations Set 59

Cube Conversations Set 60

 

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Level 7:  “Insightful Complexity”

Grades:  5 – 12

 

Cube Conversations Set 61

Cube Conversations Set 62

Cube Conversations Set 63

Cube Conversations Set 64

Cube Conversations Set 65

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Cube Conversations Set 67

Cube Conversations Set 68

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Cube Conversations Set 70

 

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Level 8:  “Giant Structures”

Grades:  5 – 12

Cube Conversations Set 71

Cube Conversations Set 72

Cube Conversations Set 73

Cube Conversations Set 74

Cube Conversations Set 75

Cube Conversations Set 76

Cube Conversations Set 77

Cube Conversations Set 78

Cube Conversations Set 79

Cube Conversations Set 80

 

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Other Posts and Resources Which May Be of Interest

Splat!  (over 140,000 free lessons downloads in 2017!)

The Fraction Splat! Series (with 20 more downloadable lessons) is now available!

Tiled Area Questions

Primary Tile Questions

3 Powerful Tile Strategies (and 40 new downloadable pages)

The Maze Hundreds Chart

Introducing Cube Connectors

Provide Massive Space to Notice

 

Thank you for taking time to view my blog!  I’m learning as I go!

All my best,

Steve

 

27 Comments

  1. Becky Berg on March 5, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Do the Cube Conversions downloads work okay in Google Slides?

    • Steve Wyborney on March 6, 2020 at 6:15 am

      Yes, I wrote the Cube Conversations so they would work in both PowerPoint and Google Slides. I hope you enjoy them!

  2. Lydia Bartle on January 28, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Steve,
    I appreciate these rich visual thinking models and look forward to trying them in my k-5th grades. Thank you for sharing these as an engaging resource for teachers to share with students!

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on February 20, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks, Lydia! I’d love to hear how it goes!

  3. Aly Cunningham on December 14, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I am wondering what grade levels you target. I am a technology integration coach, and I want to share your materials with our teachers. Are your materials intended only for elementary? Or would middle school and high school students benefit as well?

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on December 22, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Hi, Aly. This is a great question. You’ve probably noticed that I have not specified grade levels in many of the materials because I believe they can be used so widely across grade levels. My background is elementary, but I am now a k-12 math coach. When you look at the materials you’ll feel like they have been written through an elementary perspective, because they really have been – as a starting point. However, I’ve written many of the materials to be used across grade levels all the way up through high school. If you look at the upper levels of Splat and Cube Conversations, you’ll have a sense for what I mean. I really think that almost everything in the blog can be used across all grade levels.

  4. Nancy Golden on October 7, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Steve,
    I love the cube conversations, especially for my kids who have trouble looking at the 1 dimensional representations of cubes when they’re asked to find volume.
    And I especially love that the kids can share their “vision” of what they’re seeing.
    A question about that though….if I’m using it on my smart board, and clicking advances the slide (or the reveal), how do you keep from “clicking” when the kids are up at the board showing their versions? Won’t it take them to the reveal?
    Thanks!
    Nancy Golden

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on October 9, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Hi Nancy,

      I don’t have a Smart Board right now, but if I remember correctly I think if you take one of the pens out of the tray, so it is in a drawing mode, that it won’t click forward.

  5. Meghan on April 2, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful resources! I worked with a 3rd grader today with this and he loved it- I can’t wait to work with my 1st and 2nd grade students this week

  6. Nicola van Berkel on January 11, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Yay! We loved Splat and now we have Cubes – so excited to use this wonderful resource and know that my students will love it too. Thanks Steve for your generosity in sharing this with all of us.

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on January 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Hi, Nicola! I appreciate the comment. I’ll keep the materials coming!

  7. Tabitha on January 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Looking forward to using these on my New interactive panel. Thank you

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on January 7, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thank you, Tabitha! I would love to hear how it goes!

  8. Samy Nayagar on January 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Very inspiring.
    I am yet to try these with my learners.
    Thank you Steve for your generous sharing of your hard work.

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on January 2, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Certainly! I’m very happy to contribute!

  9. Brian Kelley on January 2, 2018 at 10:20 am

    More awesomeness from Steve Wyborney!
    So great. Thank you!

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on January 2, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks, Brian!

  10. kathy on January 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Love this resource and I anticipate great math conversations, but I was unable to download

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on January 2, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Hi, Kathy. Can you try clicking on the link, and then when it opens the next page, click on that link and see if it works for you?

  11. john oberman on January 1, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Unbelievable and very exciting.

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on January 1, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Thank you, John!

  12. Donna Mockenhaupt on December 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    You have become one of my math heroes. Thank you for sharing…and for free. I feel like my students have come so much further since I have shared your lessons. They see math so differently now.

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on December 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Donna. I’m so happy to share and to hear about how well your students are doing!

  13. Frank Schorn on December 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Steve, you did it again!

    Another awesome way to get my 6th grade students who are not well exposed to geometry to dip their toes in the water.

    Geometry, patterns, order of operations, even algebra can be easily accessed without struggle using this.

    I’m thinking of sharing the Powerpoint in class while also giving students a chance to color in as many patterns as they can.

    At the same time students should be asked to express in math terms their translation of their visual breakdown.

    I think it will work well in my 6th grade multi-level mICT classes too. My co-teacher isn’t very visual, so I hope she enjoys the journey along with the kids!

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on December 30, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Thank you so much, Frank! I’d love to hear how it goes!

  14. Tricia Robinson on December 29, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for the great resource Steve. I am very excited to use this with my students when I return from break. Thanks for taking the time to create more challenging conversations.

    • stevewyborney@gmail.com on December 30, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Thanks, Tricia!

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