Category Archives: Math

Primary Tile Questions

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 will be very useful.  The previous post – Tiled Area Questions – focused on adding… Read Article →

Tiled Area Questions

Tiled Area Questions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to compose and decompose numbers.  This post primarily focuses on fractions.  However, if you are a K-2 teacher, please be watching for a modification that will make these resources extremely useful for you. Watch the video, download the resources, and give your student the opportunity to visualize, decompose, compare, and compose numbers.     Click here to download the… Read Article →

Color the Cube Connectors

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 connections. It also looks amazing, and your students will relish this opportunity!   Here is… Read Article →

Strategies for Using the Maze Hundreds Chart

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 I encourage you to subscribe to the blog so that you will be notified as… Read Article →

The Maze Hundreds Chart

The Maze Hundreds Chart is a resource that is surprisingly powerful and leads to some very unexpected learning opportunities. Much like The Animated Multiplication Table, this is a free, downloadable resource that will cause you to see an old, familiar chart in some new and surprising ways. Watch the video, download the interactive resource, and then take a look at the next blog post which will feature a variety of types… Read Article →

The Second Cube Connector: Pointing Out the Arrows

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 a greyscale PDF. Here is the heart of this post:  The annotated arrows that fill… Read Article →

Introducing Cube Connectors

Cube Connectors is a strategy that I’ve created – and would like to share with you.  This combination of images and descriptions will have your students seeking connections in ways you may never have anticipated! In addition, I plan to create an ongoing bank of resources so that you can turn the cube connectors strategy into a classroom routine! Before you download the three free resources – including the animated slides… Read Article →

The Power of Color

Color. It’s the natural extension to the series that begin with Provide Massive Space to Notice. So, after 180 Opportunities to Notice and How to Create 9 Identical Dot Patterns in 10 Seconds or Less, I’m adding 2 new templates.  This time, the circles are blank, so students can use color to record their observations.  They can also build layers of sketching right on top of the color in order… Read Article →

How to Create 9 Identical Dot Patterns in 10 Seconds or Less

Wow!  What a response to the last 2 posts!  In Provide Massive Space to Notice, I detailed how to use repeated dot patterns.  In 180 Opportunities to Notice, I simply provided 10 pages of dot patterns that can be downloaded.  In this post, I would like to give you 2 templates that will allow you to create your own dot patterns.  As the title states, you can truly create 9 identical… Read Article →

180 Opportunities to Notice

In my previous post, Provide Massive Space to Notice, I described how to repeatedly use the same dot pattern to promote noticing.  In this post, I would simply like to give you 10 pages of dot patterns which you can download and use with your students.  The purpose is to promote a wide variety of seeking perspectives, noticing , and recording observations in ways that can be very useful.  Simply watch… Read Article →