1. These are wonderful but am I missing something? I downloaded the first powerpoint. Is there a slide to show the answer after the kids have worked out the problem? I have looked at the demo video and they show a splat that is transparent to show kids they are correct. I don’t see this on any of the powerpoints I have downloaded. Am I doing something wrong?

  2. I’m so excited to launch this number sense with my third graders! The picture format will be so appealing to my ELL’s!

  3. Hello Steve,

    At the 5:34 mark of the video it says that 2s +3 = 10. There are eleven dots showing. Is this an error that needs correcting? Other than that, I see loads of potential here. Thank you,


    1. Hi, Ricky. I haven’t yet set up a way to download all of the lessons at once. I create them one at a time and then upload them as I go.

    1. Thank you, Bev. One of my favorite strategies is to use images. You’ve probably picked that up from my blog. 🙂 I also take pictures of student thinking on paper. It invites wonder and discussion that helps me to grow as a teacher.

  4. I just used this with my kindergarten students today and they LOVED it! It makes number bonds and composing numbers more engaging and visual for my students. Thanks for this great resource!

  5. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow with my grade 2 kiddies! I’ll use it as a quick starter with the whole group, before we move onto the individual activities about addition and subtraction. I might try having them all write their response on a mini whiteboard and then hold up their answers so I (and they) can see their thinking.

    1. Great idea! I can see a classroom filled with student thinking on the mini whiteboards. It’s also fun to have students create their own splat questions. I can picture a room full of mini whiteboards with students sharing their splat mystery questions that they’ve created with each other. I’ve done this with paper and pencil, but haven’t tried it on the whiteboards. Thank you taking the time to comment. Enjoy the quick starter moments with Splat!

  6. Hi Steve,

    I looked at one your splat powerpoints on Powerpoint itself. In your video it looks as if you clicked on a splat and it became transparent. I can’t figure out how to do that unless I bring up the transparency menu. Will you help?


    1. Hi Leslie, thanks for the comment on the blog post. You actually won’t need to click on the splat itself to make it transparent. Just advance the presentation, and the transparency should appear – as long as you are using PowerPoint to play it. As you look across the levels, you’ll notice that I’ve set the transparency to appear in some different sequences from one level to the next, but the transparencies are all part of a sequence, so they’ll appear as you advance through the presentation. Try simply clicking through and see if it appears for you. Thanks again for the comment.

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