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…

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…

20 Days of Number Sense & Rich Math Talk – for all grades from K-12. That is the goal of this series. Entirely new, exclusive content fills this post in a ready-to-use format that will allow you to deeply explore 4 rich math routines. By downloading each day, you can have a clear pathway to…

Introducing Esti-Mysteries!  Each image invites students to wonder what number is represented by the image.  As you click through the each Esti-Mystery, clues will appear that will allow the students to use math concepts to narrow the set of possibilities to a small set of numbers.  In the end, the students will need to call…

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…

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…

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!…

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…

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…