I’m posting a brand new resource – every single school day – for the rest of the year.  They are all free, and you can download as many of them as you like right here from my blog.  This is for everyone.  Each day for the rest of the rest of the school year, there will be a link to a brand new never-before-seen resource.  Many of them are new Esti-Mysteries.  This is part 2 of the continuing New Esti-Mysteries and Number Sense Resources Every Day for the Rest of the School Year.  Part 1 (November 1 – January 8) can be found here.

 

Here’s why:  This is a challenging year, and this series is my way of providing encouragement, promoting math joy, and sharing a new resource every single school day this year.  I’m creating something new every day, posting it on my blog each evening, and you can download each and every resource here.

 

I’m surprised to be writing part 2.  That’s because my original plan was to put everything on a single post – this one – but the list of resources, which I began posting on November 1, was becoming pretty long – and we all needed to scroll down more and more to find the new resource each day.  Instead of making the list even longer, I decided to add this next post, which is Part 2, so we could find new resources easily on the top.

 

If you have been following this series, nothing else has changed.  In this blog series you’ll find a link to a new, free resource every single day.  I’m sticking with you to the end of the school year, and I have a gift for you each and every day through May 1.

 


Quick Access 

 

NOTE:  PART 3 OF THIS BLOG SERIES IS NOW READY ON A NEW POST!

PART 3 of this blog series with materials from March 1 forward is not available.  I’ll continue posting materials for the rest of this week here, but they are also on the PART 3 post which is where I’ll post all the materials after this Friday.

 

Monday, March 1

Estimation Clipboard 57   (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, March 2

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 16  –  “Are Those Mini Tennis Balls?”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 131  –  “Tiny Tennis”  

 

Wednesday, March 3

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 229  –  “That Clue Eliminated 72”

 

Thursday, March 4

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 332  –  “Looks Like Tennis”

 

Friday, March 5

The Rare Red Splat  –  Part 1  (All Grade Levels)

See the Brand New YouTube video about “THE RARE, RED SPLAT!

 

 

NOTE:  PART 3 OF THIS BLOG SERIES IS NOW READY ON A NEW POST!

PART 3 of this blog series with materials from March 1 forward is not available.  I’ll continue posting materials for the rest of this week here, but they are also on the PART 3 post which is where I’ll post all the materials after this Friday.

 


 

 

 

The original post is here.  So you can easily find all of the resources from November 1, 2020 through the beginning of January here.

 

The schedule continues as follows:

 

Every Monday – Brand New Estimation Clipboard (all grade levels)

Every Tuesday – Brand New Esti-Mystery for Kindergarten AND a brand New Esti-Mystery for Grades 1-2

Every Wednesday – Brand New Esti-Mystery for Grades 1-3

Every Thursday – Brand New Esti-Mystery for Grades 3-8

Every Friday – Brand New Mystery Number Sense Resource*  (all grade levels)

 

*The Friday Mystery Number Sense Resource is a surprise.

 

How do I find the resources from November 1 – January 8?

You can find all of the resources from November 1 – January 8 on the original blog post here.

 

 

Monday, January 11

Estimation Clipboard 49  (All Grade Levels)

If you haven’t used the Estimation Clipboard, I recommend watching this short video on my YouTube channel beginning at 0:42.  Although it features a different estimation clipboard, the directions are the same.  You will quickly see how use any Estimation Clipboard.

 

By the way – when using Estimation Clipboards, be prepared for a LOT of cheering in your classroom!

 

Upcoming Resources – I’ll post each of these resources the evening before the date listed so that it will be ready for you each day.

 

Tuesday, January 12

Kindergarten:  Esti-Mystery 09 – “Big Erasers”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 124 – “Erasing Chunks of the Chart”  

 

 

Wednesday, January 13

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 222 – “Large Erasers in a Large Vase”

 

 

Thursday, January 14

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 325 – “E-Vaser”

 

 

Friday, January 15

Mystery Number Sense Resource

All Grade Levels:  10 Subitizing Sets and 1 Challenge – Part 2

BONUS:  Watch the YouTube video about this resource right here on my YouTube Channel.

 

 

Monday, January 18

Estimation Clipboard 50  (All Grade Levels)

 

 

Tuesday, January 19

Kindergarten:  Esti-Mystery 10 – “Silver Spheres”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 125 – “Gold and Silver Spheres”

 

 

Wednesday, January 20

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 223 – “Shiny Spheres”

 

 

Thursday, January 21

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 326 – “Is the Sum of 2 Consecutive Odd Numbers a Multiple of 4?”

 

 

Friday, January 22

Mystery Number Sense Resource

All Grade Levels:  Cube Conversation Medley

 

 

Monday, January 25

BONUS:  I’m posting TWO Estimation Clipboards:   “Inches”  and  “Centimeters”

Estimation Clipboard 51  –  “Length of Yarn – Inches”  (All Grade Levels)

Estimation Clipboard 52  –  “Length of Yarn – Centimeters”  (All Grade Levels)

 

 

Tuesday, January 26

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 11  –  “Some Stars”

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 126  –  “Stars Make Cents”

 

 

Wednesday, January 27

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 224  –  “Stars and Patterns”

 

 

Thursday, January 28

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 327  –  “One Less than a Multiple of Five”

 

 

Friday, January 29

Mystery Number Sense Resource

All Grade Levels:  Cube Conversations Medley #2

 

 

Monday, February 1

Estimation Clipboard 53  (All Grade Levels)

 

 

Tuesday, February 2

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 12  –  “A Green Bead Almost Fell Out”

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 127  –  “Variation”

 

 

Wednesday, February 3

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 225  –  “A Yellow Bead Almost Fell Out”

 

 

Thursday, February 4

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 328  –  “If One Bead Fell Out”

 

 

Friday, February 5

Mystery Number Sense Resource

All Grade Levels:  How Many Cubes are in Stage 5?

This resource features growing patterns.  With each stage, the pattern grows.  The question is, “How many cubes are in stage 5?”  Students may be surprised at how the pattern grows and they will have an opportunity to find the answer before they see the final shape.  The resource includes patterning, math talk, and describing and visualizing.

 

 

Monday, February 8

Estimation Clipboard 54   (All Grade Levels)

 

 

Tuesday, February 9

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 13  –  “A Scoop of Beads”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 128  –  “A Double Scoop of Beads” 

 

 

Wednesday, February 10

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 226  –  “A Triple Scoop of Beads”

 

 

Thursday, February 11

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 329  –  “The Transparent Bead Scoop”

 

 

Friday, February 12

Mystery Number Sense Resource

All Grade Levels:  How Many Cubes are in Stage 5?  –  Part 2

 

 

Monday, February 15

Estimation Clipboard 55  (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, February 16

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 14  –  “Bouncy Balls”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 129  –  “The Blue One Looks Like a Cloudy Planet”

 

 

Wednesday, February 17

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 227  –  “Bouncy Balls”

 

 

Thursday, February 18

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 330  –  “More Than 50 Balls”

 

Friday, February 19

Mystery Number Sense Resource

All Grade Levels:  How Many Cubes are in Stage 5?  –  Part 3

 

 

Monday, February 22

Estimation Clipboard 56   (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, February 23

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 15  –  “The Ice Cubes are Melting”

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 130  –  “Melting Ice Cubes and the Color of the Sun”

 

 

Wednesday, February 24

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 228  –  “Ice Cube Meltdown”

 

 

Thursday, February 25

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 330  –  “Ice Cubes Changing from a Solid to a Liquid”

 

 

Friday, February 26

Mystery Number Sense Resource

See the Brand New YouTube video!     —>    Click here.

All Grade Levels:  How Many Cubes are in Step 5?  –  Part 4   

 

 

Monday, March 1

Estimation Clipboard 57   (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, March 2

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 16  –  “Are Those Mini Tennis Balls?”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 131  –  “Tiny Tennis”

 

Wednesday, March 3

Esti-Mystery 229  –  “That Clue Eliminated 72”

 

NOTE:  PART 3 OF THIS BLOG SERIES IS NOW READY ON A NEW POST!

PART 3 of this blog series with materials from March 1 forward is not available.  I’ll continue posting materials for the rest of this week here, but they are also on the PART 3 post which is where I’ll post all the materials after this Friday.

 

Thursday, March 4

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 332  –  “Looks Like Tennis”

 

Friday, March 5

The Rare Red Splat  –  Part 1  (All Grade Levels)

See the Brand New YouTube video about “THE RARE, RED SPLAT!

 

 

 

 

 

How do I find the resources from November 1 – January 8?

You can find all of the resources from November 1 – January 8 on the original blog post here.

 

 

 

 

55 Comments

  1. Kim Fowler on February 3, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Hi. I use a chromebook and google at school. All of a sudden this week I can not get your powerpoints to load. My kids LOVE these and are so engaged when we do them. They are wonderful for number sense. Any idea what I need to do to fix whatever is causing me to not be able to upload and change these to google slides?

    • Steve Wyborney on February 3, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Hi, Kim. Yes, I have an idea for you. Also, I do hear that Chromebooks seem to change sometimes. I’m not sure if it is an update or something else, but here is a solution:
      1. Download the PPTs on another computer, such as a PC.
      2. Save them into your google drive.
      3. From the Chromebook, open google drive, click on the PPT and open it with google slides.
      4. Then click on present and it will be ready to go.

  2. Ellen Sidbury on February 2, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Trying to remotely teach AIG (Gifted) students of various grade levels this year is quite challenging. Thank you so much for these activities. When I do not begin a lesson with them, my students ask if we have time at the end of the lesson to do at least one. They really enjoy each activity.

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      Hi, Ellen. I’m so glad that the resources are helpful. I’ve really enjoyed sharing them in the midst of this challenging year, and I’m very glad that your students are enjoying them so much!

  3. Sara Linhares on February 2, 2021 at 9:55 am

    My fourth graders LOVE these. They also love the FRACTION splats. Any chance you are adding any more? Thank you for providing this awesome FREE resource to us!!!!!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      Hi, Sara. I do plan to make more fraction splats and post them as part of upcoming Splat Medleys here. It encourages me to know that your students really like them!

  4. Marisa Qualter on February 1, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this amazing resource. Not only have the mysteries strengthened my first graders number sense and estimating skills, but they have strengthened their oral language skills by sharing their reasoning. This has truly been a gift during this challenging school year.

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      Marisa, I’m so glad to hear about all of this growth that your students are having. Great work!

  5. Kim on January 30, 2021 at 11:59 am

    What happened to January 25th to 28th?

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      Hi, Kim. It was a typo – I think because I’m so very tired. The materials are there, and in order, but I typed January 15 instead of 25, and January 18 instead of 28. It’s all corrected now, thanks to your question. Wishing you a great day!

  6. Annette Geissler on January 29, 2021 at 8:51 am

    My second graders REALLY enjoy doing all these activities!! It has really worked on their mathematical discourse this year!!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:01 pm

      Annette, I love hearing this! Math joy and math discourse make my heart happy! Great work!

  7. Anne Guerriero on January 28, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    I created a Desmos activity based on one set of Cube Conversations. I would love feedback on it!
    https://teacher.desmos.com/activitybuilder/custom/6012b7494019eb0d425950fa

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Wow, Anne! My feedback is that I love it. The true test is always in how students respond to it, but I suspect that this worked really well for you. You did a really nice job with it!

      • Anne Guerriero on February 3, 2021 at 6:51 am

        Thanks so much, Steve! I really appreciate these resources and your willingness to share them!

        • Steve Wyborney on February 3, 2021 at 5:01 pm

          It’s my pleasure!

  8. Katie de Bokx on January 28, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Hi Steve,
    The Wednesday January 28 esti mystery is not posted. Hoping that can be fixed soon. I see the picture in your email but the link does not show it.

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      Hi, Katie. Thanks for letting me know. It’s all fixed now. I’m learning a lot about website caching, how it shows up on my computer, but can take a little while to show up elsewhere. I didn’t realize that there were sometimes delays, so I’m trying to post things earlier in the evening to avoid that. I appreciate the comment and hope you have a great day!

  9. Lisa Bregman on January 28, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Please note that January 28th’s Esti Mystery is not posted yet! Thank you! WE LOVE THESE!!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! It’s all set now.

  10. Kathleen Carbonara on January 28, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Thanks you so much for all of your work. My third graders beg to do these every day!!!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Hi, Kathleen! I’m so happy to hear how much your students love them! It’s my pleasure to share them.

      • Kathleen Carbonara on February 3, 2021 at 6:02 am

        My third graders started making their own estimysteries to share with the class as we are all remote this week!!! Amazing!!

        • Steve Wyborney on February 3, 2021 at 5:01 pm

          Excellent! I’m sure it will be a powerful learning experience for everyone!

  11. Nichole on January 27, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Hi Steve. I would love to start using the esti-mysteries with my class. Is there a way to get them to open in google slides? Thanks so much for all of your rich resources!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      Hi, Nichole. Yes, you can download the Esti-Mysteries (which are in PPT format) then save them into your google drive. Once they are in your google drive, open the with slides and then present. It will work in slides format that way. Enjoy!

  12. Julia Bean on January 26, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    The response from my students when I tell them we are doing an Estimystery: “Woo-hoo! Yay!” and clapping. They love everything about the problems: the colors, the design, the mysterious features like the dice (is it a hint or a red herring?) and the opportunity to explain their thinking using math vocabulary ( I especially like the vocabulary.) Everyone can participate, and there are no wrong answers as long as they can back them up with mathematical reasoning. Some are even designing their own Estimysteries. Thank you so much for this amazing resource!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      I am so grateful that you shared this with me, Julia! I’ll keep the Esti-Mysteries coming… many will have dice… and sometimes it will be a clue. 🙂

  13. Rickey Koga on January 26, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Thank you so much for these activities! Not only do I love seeing those emails because its like a safety net for everyday of distance learning, but I am also learning so much about math progressions and the POWER of estimation!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Rickey, this is great to hear! I’m so happy you are both enjoying the resources and learning so much. I’ll keep those emails coming!

  14. sheryl rubin on January 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate what you do. I am teaching 100% virtually and engaging my students is not an easy task. They LOVE your activities, so much so that even the kids that say they hate math ask for them. Thank you does not even begin to express my gratitude.

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      You are very welcome, Sheryl. I look forward to posting many, many more!

  15. Stephanie Willis on January 25, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Hi, we love doing these esti-mysteries and other resources with my class this year. my question is that for the photos of the esti-mystery don’t seem to match the actual photo. Like today we did the snowball one and the answer was 53. It doesn’t seem possible that there are actually 53 snowballs in the picture. Am I wrong?

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      Hi, Stephanie. Yes, there are 53 in that one. The actual answers are sometimes pretty surprising particularly since many students tend to estimate about 1/3 lower than the actual number. I have a picture of that one that is pretty illuminating. I can’t post a photo inside of blog comments, but if you send me a DM on twitter @stevewyborney I’ll send it back to you.

  16. Tara on January 23, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Thank you so very much for these fun activities! My Grade 1s enjoy them! We extend the activities by decomposing the numbers. Writing addition and subtraction stories as well. Thank you!!!!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      What a great idea, Tara!

  17. Karen Duby on January 21, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Thank you so much for all these great activities you’re doing! My 2nd graders love them.
    When you send out the new link each day, I click on it and scroll down to the current day….there is never a link. It’s just the title and the date. I have to wait until the next day for the link to appear. The dates don’t matter to me—just wondering if this happens to anyone else.
    Regardless—it’s worth waiting for the next day in order to see the slide. Thanks so much!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      Hi, Karen. I’m catching up on blog comments. Yes, I’ve learned a lot recently about how everything shows up on my computer but then takes a little while to show up on other computers. I didn’t ever realize that happened, probably because posting something every day is new to me.

  18. Julie Gosdanian on January 20, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Hi Steve,

    I wanted you to know that beyond the wonderful resources you provide on a daily basis, you also provide inspiration to teachers everywhere. You encourage problem solving, creativity and critical thinking that is helping both teachers and students develop of newfound love of learning for math. I wanted to share one way your Esti-Mysteries have inspired me. Being a gifted specialist, my natural tendency is to find ways to create challenges for students. Thus, Extreme Esti-Mystery was created. Here are the links to “Penny For Your Thoughts” that my students had the opportunity to solve over winter break. Thank you for continued dedication and efforts. Your ideas and resources are impacting learning all over the world!
    Presentation Link:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/18QgSoXXxXXCQtm6Q–1OM-7RvmxKeMF7/view?usp=sharing
    Presentation REVEAL:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xAOlse-ooxD_aWjKB2PkwclhGqVjQVgp/view?usp=sharing
    1000 chart:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P99YeChj187De-oK1ZcGpqhvJ_3cv0l0/view?usp=sharing
    Google Form Response:
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckVCYjzZh45PLJGt22EegLGHtYmAMEaZTdJOGMDkJegi497g/viewform?usp=sf_link

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      I just took a look at this, Julie! I love it! Thanks for sharing with me!

  19. Jodi on January 19, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Steve,
    Thank you for making such a wonderful math blog! I was introduced to it last fall, and have been singing it’s praises ever since. My students love Esti-mysteries and I have challenged them to create their own. It’s great to see kids excited about math.

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Jodi! I’m finally catching up on blog comments, and I really appreciate it!

  20. Beth on January 19, 2021 at 6:51 am

    I already tweeted you but need to say it again: my 2nd graders LOVE these and beg for them. My 6th grade daughter loves them too 🙂 Thanks for giving me math I can enjoy with her!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:34 pm

      I’m so happy to hear about this classroom and family math joy! 🙂

  21. Catherine Finn on January 19, 2021 at 5:32 am

    Hi Steve. Thank so much for your amazing resources. So thankful for all you do. I seem to not be able to open any of your links when I click on them. I am using a Chromebook. Would that have something to do with it? I used all of your resources last year from my Chromebook with no problem. Just wondering if you could help. Thank you!

    • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      Catherine, I’m thinking that there is something different about some chromebooks this year (I’m not sure if it would be some kind of update) but the way I would approach it would be to download the PPT on a PC, then save it to google drive, then access the google drive from the chromebook.

  22. Lori on January 13, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Steve

    You make our morning start so much fun. It gets my kids excited and talking.

  23. Steve Heller on January 11, 2021 at 6:44 am

    Why not list topics in reverse chronological order so new stuff is always on top? I’ve just started using some of your activities, which have gone well—thanks.

    • Steve Wyborney on January 12, 2021 at 4:37 pm

      Hi, Steve. I originally considered reverse chronological because I knew it would work for every new day – for everyone that is currently viewing them. However, I realized that for anyone entering into the journey in the future, they would need to scroll way down to find the start of the journey and it might confuse them. So, I created the new post to bring the newest ones back up to the top while keeping the sequence in order. I wouldn’t be surprised if I need to add a 3rd post after spring break. Thanks for asking. That’s something I wrestled with for quite a while.

      • Steve Heller on January 14, 2021 at 8:22 am

        Hi Steve. Perhaps you can have your chronological cake and eat your latest too. Can you establish a link for each day to the daily activity within the page, and send that when you send the daily email. The list can remain chronological, but each day everyone can jump to the latest activity within the page.

        • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:40 pm

          Steve, I’ve been thinking about this and wondering if there is a way to do it in WordPress. I’m guessing that there might be some plugin that would allow this to work?

  24. Chris Nielsen on January 10, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    My math intervention groups love these! Thank you!!

    • Steve Wyborney on January 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      My pleasure, Chris!

      • Chris on January 18, 2021 at 7:04 am

        I am sorry, but I am unable to view and download the Estimation Clipboard for Monday, January 18. This happens periodically. Is there anything I can do when this happens?
        My third graders perk right up when we do these as our math activator before a lesson! So kind of you to share. It takes one task off my plate and makes my teacher-life just that much easier. You get it!

        • Steve Wyborney on February 2, 2021 at 5:38 pm

          It should be all set now, Chris. I’ve found that sometimes it takes a while to appear on everyone’s computers even when I’m seeing it here.

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