1. stevewyborney@gmail.com says:

Hi Karen,

Thank you for sharing this with me! I’m really excited to hear about how your students are taking this to another level. Nice going! It almost sounds like they could graph this in on a coordinate plane. I’d love to see pictures of what they are doing. Keep up the great work, and thank you for the encouragement. I find that encouragement like this ultimately turns into me making more Splats! I’m working on a splat in motion series right now which I hope you will really like. Again, thank you so much for these kind words, this specific feedback, and this wonderful encouragement.

All my best,
Steve

2. Karen Verham says:

My fifth grade students are SO enjoying SPLAT! They’ve been experimenting with translating the 7.1 series (with two red splats and one yellow splat) into algebraic equations, making t-charts with possible solutions, finding patterns, and deciding limitations – which numbers are impossible.

EXAMPLE: the first 7.1 SPLAT with 19 as the solution (which I call the ‘target number’)
2x + y+ 8 = 19

if x is _________ then y is _________
x – y
0 – 11
1 – 9
2 – 7
3 – 5

(but in t-chart form – don’t know how to make one in this field!)

There is so much discussion and arguing, we’re onto the three variable series now and they’re seeing so many more connections between their algebraic equations and the story the SPLATS are telling. SO MUCH FUN for all of us! THANK YOU!!