# Category Archives: Instructional Strategies

## Can You Solve the Duplicator Lab Riddles?

“You have unwittingly stumbled into a duplicator lab…” As you watch this brief, animated story about the duplicator lab – which includes 3 riddles – you may find yourself reaching for  a piece of paper, a pencil, and an entirely new kind of strategy. How challenging will it be to solve the riddles from inside of the duplicator lab? Watch the video, answer the riddles, and post any comments you… Read Article →

## The Nested Splat! Series

Here are 35 brand new Splat! lessons ready to download and use in your classroom. This time the Splats! are nested within each other. If you enjoyed 50 lessons in The Original Splat Series and the 20 lessons in The Fraction Splat Series, you are about to discover a new variation with a fascinating  twist! Watch the video, download the lessons, and use them in your classroom to promote rich… Read Article →

## The Cube Carving Template

The Cube Carving Template allows you to create very interesting 3-dimensional images in 10 seconds or less.  This post includes the downloadable template and explains how to use it.  I also recommend viewing Color the Cube Connectors to learn about some very interesting ways to use the shapes you create.   CLICK HERE to download the template. Two other posts that may interest you are Introducing Cube Connectors and The… Read Article →

## The Fraction Splat! Series

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!  This is The Fraction Splat! Series.  Watch the video, download the lessons, and try them… Read Article →

## Splat!

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 your classroom! I’ve been excited to click the Publish button on this post for several… Read Article →

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 more strategies – and with 40 brand new downloadable pages! By using some or all… Read Article →

## 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 →