To support fellow educators during this extremely challenging year, I’m posting a brand new, downloadable math resource every day through the end of the school year.  The purpose is to provide encouragement, to share a brand new classroom resource every day, and to promote joy in the math classroom.

 

In the midst of the exhaustion, my hope has always been that this will be a bright spot in your year.  I also hope that the joy you hear from your students while you are using these resources will be a beacon of hope in a difficult year.  I encourage you to lean in and listen to the math talk, be amazed by your students’ insights, celebrate when you hear the cheering, and feel the wonder and the joy.

 

I started this effort on November 1, posting a new resource every school day – here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 – and I originally planned to continue until May 1.  I was committed to posting something new each day for that entire span of 6 months.  However, I’ve decided to extend this effort through May 28.  Each day, you’ll continue to find a brand new resource that you can download and use in your classroom.

 

I’m sticking with you until the end of the school year!

Wishing you many moments of mathematical joy!

 

All my best,

Steve

 

Mondays – New Estimation Clipboards (All Grade Levels)

Tuesdays – 2 New Esti-Mysteries (1 for kindergarten, and 1 for grades 1-2)

Wednesdays – New Esti-Mystery (grades 1-3)

Thursdays – New Esti-Mystery (grades 3-8)

Fridays – New Mystery Resource   –    It’s always a surprise, and is always focused on number sense, math talk, and math joy!

 

 

 


Quick Access to This Week’s Resources

 

Monday, May 3

Estimation Clipboard 66  (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, May 4

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 25  –  “Some Gold Dice”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 142  –  “A Few Gold Dice”

 

 

Wednesday, May 5

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 236  –  “Four or Five Gold Dice, Maybe Six”

 

 

Thursday, May 6

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 341  –  “The Blue Dice are the Key”

 

 

Friday, May 7

The Rare Red Splat  –  Part 5

 

 


 

Monday, April 19

Estimation Clipboard 64  (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, April 20

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 23  –  “Wow!”

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 140  –  “Four Dice Colors”

 

Wednesday, April 21

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 236  –  “The Shy Yellow Die”

 

Thursday, April 22

Grades 3-8: Esti-Mystery 339  –  “A Clue That is Not on a Die”

 

Friday, April 23

The Rare Red Splat  –  Part 4  (All Grade Levels)  5 Challenge Levels.  Choose the level(s) that you want to use.

For more information, watch The Rare, Red Splat YouTube video here.

 

 

 

Monday, April 26

Estimation Clipboard 65  (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, April 27

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 24  –  “I Can See Through the Dice!”

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 141  –  “Where is the 6?”

 

Wednesday, April 28

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 237  –  “A Shy Green Die with a 2 and a 4”

 

Thursday, April 29

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 340  –  “A Transparent Challenge”

 

Friday, April 30

How Many Cubes are in Step 5?  –  Part 7  (All Grade Levels)

 

Monday, May 3

Estimation Clipboard 66  (All Grade Levels)

 

Tuesday, May 4

Kindergarten:  Kindergarten Esti-Mystery 25  –  “Some Gold Dice”

 

Grades 1-2:  Esti-Mystery 142  –  “A Few Gold Dice”

 

Wednesday, May 5

Grades 1-3:  Esti-Mystery 236  –  “Four or Five Gold Dice, Maybe Six”

 

Thursday, May 6

Grades 3-8:  Esti-Mystery 341  –  “The Blue Dice are the Key”

 

Friday, May 7

The Rare Red Splat  –  Part 5

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Anita Barber on April 28, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I just wanted to say thank you!!! These are awesome! I’m a supply teacher and the teacher had left this for them today, and WOW for being virtual almost ALL of the students participated. Saved them all for future use, they will be fun for time fillers or math talk in the classroom as well as online. THANK YOU for all your hard work!

    • Steve Wyborney on May 2, 2021 at 8:16 am

      Hi, Anita. You are certainly welcome. I love hearing about how useful these are and how they promote participation even in a virtual class.

  2. Mary Ann on April 28, 2021 at 4:48 am

    My students are loving these! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Steve Wyborney on May 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Mary Ann, you are certainly welcome.

  3. Carrie Wood on April 23, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Hi Steve,
    My fifth grade class loves your esti-mysteries and they are getting very good at them! We love using them for our math talks. We have even had some students create their own that we have used in class. We have one suggestion that we hope you might consider. Sometimes the amount in the container shocks us. We would love to see one more slide that shows the objects laid out so we can better picture the amount. Thank you so much for making these. We look forward to doing more before our school year ends.
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Wood’s 5th Grade Class

    • Steve Wyborney on May 2, 2021 at 8:22 am

      Hi, Carrie. I love the suggestion. Thank you for sharing it. Typically when students are surprised by the total, it’s because it’s much more than they expected, rather than much less than they expected. You are doing exactly the right thing by having your students create their own Esti-Mysteries. They will learn so much about the numbers by doing this. Nice going!

  4. Raeann Emme on April 21, 2021 at 7:15 am

    I was just wondering if the K-2 Esti-Mysteries had more than 1 answer left after following the 5 clues?

    I used the one that you shared yesterday and we were left with 3 numbers. 10, 40, & 100

    • Steve Wyborney on April 26, 2021 at 7:00 am

      Esti-Mysteries always have just 1 answers. However, after the final clue there should always be 2 or 3 reasonable choices to discuss. That preserves the opportunity to estimate and the sense of mystery. The final answer is under the red reveal box at the end. When you play through the PowerPoint (or google slide if you save it in google drive and open it that way) the reveal box is on the last slide. If you can’t get the box to disappear, then just slide it out of the way to see the answer underneath it.

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