Over the past 5 years, this blog has seen nearly 3.1 million views.  The most popular strategies from the blog all have one thing in common:  They include downloadable resources and strategies which can be immediately used in the classroom.  They are also free!  I’m sometimes asked these two questions: “Which are the most popular…

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At the beginning of every calendar year, I write something new for the education community. In 2017, I wrote Splat!  (It took me until nearly the middle of February to finish it that year!) In 2018, I wrote Cube Conversations (I actually managed to finish that series a few days early, just before January.) In…

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51 Brand New Esti-Mysteries!  4 Challenge Levels!  All New Images! If you’ve used the Esti-Mysteries from the original Esti-Mysteries blog post, or the 15 additional Esti-Mysteries that I wrote for 20 Days of Number Sense and Rich Math Talk, you’ll really enjoy this new set!   My goal was to write and post 51 brand new…

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With a click, a pattern of dots appears on your screen.  Instantly your students tell how many.  They don’t count the dots.  Instead they simply know the total at a glance. Subitizing – when a person looks at a small set of objects and instantly detects the total without counting.  It’s a powerful process and…

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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…

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“You have unwittingly stumbled into a duplicator lab…” As you watch this brief, animated story about the duplicator lab – which includes 3 riddles – you may find yourself reaching for  a piece of paper, a pencil, and an entirely new kind of strategy. How challenging will it be to solve the riddles from inside…

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Here are 35 brand new Splat! lessons ready to download and use in your classroom. This time the Splats! are nested within each other. If you enjoyed 50 lessons in The Original Splat Series and the 20 lessons in The Fraction Splat Series, you are about to discover a new variation with a fascinating  twist!…

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The Cube Carving Template allows you to create very interesting 3-dimensional images in 10 seconds or less.  This post includes the downloadable template and explains how to use it.  I also recommend viewing Color the Cube Connectors to learn about some very interesting ways to use the shapes you create.     You can download…

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Fraction Splats! have arrived!   The original Splat! post rocketed up to over 35,000 hits  in less than a month, which included over 19,000 lesson downloads!  All 50 lessons in the Splat! post involved whole numbers.  In this post, I’ve turned my attention to fractions, and have created 20 new lessons for you to download!…

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Welcome to Splat!  You are only moments away from a VERY POWERFUL, highly interactive number sense strategy that can be used at any grade level! This post includes 50 (fifty!) free, downloadable PowerPoint math lessons! Watch the video, download some (or all) of the lessons, and experience what happens when you unleash this resource in…

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3 Powerful Tile Strategies will equip you to provide number sense opportunities to your students that involve composing and decomposing either whole numbers or fractions.  This is a very flexible resource that can be used in any grade, K-12. This post follows up the wildly popular Tiled Area Questions and Primary Tile Questions posts with even…

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