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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The Estimation Clipboard is a set of 40 lessons that each include 4 highly similar images.  Each image provides an invitation to estimate.  Then as new images are introduced, the students’ context and intrigue will grow – and so will their excitement. Jennifer Barker recently wrote about her experience with The Estimation Clipboard in her…

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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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Number sense is on display in Primary Tile Questions as students seek a wide variety of ways to add numbers and display their thinking.  You may find the connection between area and the value of the shapes to be intriguing.  You’ll also find 3 PowerPoint lessons which you can download along with 3 PDFs which…

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Tiled Area Questions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to compose and decompose numbers.  This post primarily focuses on fractions.  If you are a K-2 teacher, you may really like this version. Watch the video, download the resources, and give your student the opportunity to visualize, decompose, compare, and compose numbers.     Click…

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After Introducing Cube Connectors this summer, I received some wonderful feedback about finding a way to allow the students to design their own cube connector combinations.  In this post, you’ll find not only 12 downloadable pages, but some vivid strategies that allow students to combine the use of color with equations to discover some powerful…

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After introducing the downloadable Maze Hundreds Chart yesterday, this post details some strategies for using the interactive chart in your classroom.  If you have not yet watched the first post, I encourage you to take a quick look at it before viewing these strategies. I have many more resources I am excited to share, so…

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The Cube Connectors series, which began with this post, continues with a glimpse into the classroom of Hannah Yazzolino.  The resource which I shared on Twitter, and which Hannah used very effectively in her classroom – even before it was in an animated form – is now downloadable in both an animated form and as…

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