The Fraction Splat! Series

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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 in your classroom!

Note:  I’ve created the lessons in PowerPoint, so I recommend using PowerPoint to view them.

Fraction Splat!

Note:  These lessons use a single splat along with a mixture of unit fractions and whole numbers.  In Level 11, you control the Splat!

The first 5 Fraction Splat! Lessons!

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Instant Fraction Splat!

Note:  These lessons use a single Splat! which appears at the same moment as the whole numbers and fractions.  Each question instantly presents missing information.

Multiple Splats! with Fractions

Note:  These lessons include multiple Splats! and you control the timing of those Splats!  The entire screen can be seen, the total can be determined, and then Splat!  Remember:  Each Splat! that is the same color must be covering the same number.

Multiple Splats! with Fractions

Note:  These lessons use multiple Splats! which appear at the same moment as the whole numbers and fractions.  Each question instantly presents missing information.  Remember:  Each Splat! that is the same color must be covering the same number.

Other Posts and Resources Which May Be of Interest

Splat!  The original 50 downloadable Splat! lessons include 10 levels and variations.

Tiled Area Questions is a colorful, powerful, highly visual strategy for decomposing numbers – and offers many downloadable pages.

The Animated Multiplication Table remains one of the most popular downloaded resources from this blog, and this post includes several ideas about how to use it.

The Maze Hundreds Chart is another downloadable resource that can lead to some highly intriguing questions and rich discourse.

You may also be interested in Provide Massive Space to Notice.

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I would treasure hearing about your experiences using The Fraction Splat! Series to promote number sense in your classroom!

All my best,
Steve

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28 thoughts on “The Fraction Splat! Series”

1. Andrea de Carvalho says:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

These are invaluable resources for our teachers!

You have provided so many excellent ideas in the past. You keep going from strength to strength.

Many, many thanks! (all the way from Australia!)

2. Jaime Pitkin says:

I just introduced SPLAT to one of our 8 elementary schools yesterday. Teachers were excited to start using this Number Sense Routine! Thank you and keep on sharing please 🙂

3. Katie Stanton says:

My 5th grade class loves the fraction splats! We found several errors in 13.3 and 13.4 though. Please let me know if you’d like specifics as we were able to modify the presentations quite easily to fix the mistakes.

4. Amy St. Pierre says:

My class loves the fraction splats and it has inspired them to make their own. They use fraction app and then make google slides.
But we have found errors on the fraction parts for 13.2 – for 5, 6, &7 and 13.3 for 5 and 7. (Considering we started with 13.1, we are hoping there are less errors in our future!). Great visual learning going on though!

1. Thanks for catching those errors. When I see one pop up I usually fix it right away, but before I do I’ll usually use it as a launchpad for conversation. How many more (or less) should there be? Where do you think they might be? Could they be in more than one location? I always scour the slides before giving them away to catch those slides and then I know that once I turn them loose I can only update the ones that haven’t yet gone out. I appreciate your contribution to those who have not yet downloaded them. Have a great day!

5. Jen Blum says:

Ooo! I can’t wait to share these with our grades 3 – 5 math teachers! Thank you for providing such an awesome resource!

6. Mrs. Thompson's Class says:

My class would like you to check out slide 6 on 13.2, they believe there is an additional third in the circle on the right. Thanks! We are really enjoying the SPLATS!

7. Jackie Herrmann says:

I just looked at Splat for the first time. It has made me so excited for school to start so I can get this in front of kids. I can’t wait to share this with my co-workers. The brilliance behind this simplicity is what makes Splat accessible for a wide range of learners.
Thanks for creating but more….
Thanks for sharing

8. Steve, I sent your Fraction Splat post to the 5th grade teachers in my school. I just observed one class using them. WOW…oh…WOW!!!!! The principal was along with me and both of us were dazzled. Students shared insights, revised thinking, used pictures/words/numbers/equations/expressions, and more. And then, the first reveal… You could hear an audible gasp as they realized that the splat revealed something different than what they’d predicted (correct total, different picture.) So as more problems were presented, they enthusiastically worked to find a variety of ways to show the hidden amount. SO FANTASTIC. Students loved it…the math thinking/conversations were amazing…they could have done it the rest of the day. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!

Your fan for life!

1. Cynthia, thank you for these kind words! I’m so happy to hear about the students’ enthusiasm and multiple ways of thinking as well as the iterations of thinking and representations. I will be making more soon!

9. Jon Gore says:

Steve, these look great. Can’t wait to try them out with the children. Have you been in contact with Jo Boaler and youcubed? This is the sort of visual open maths I think she would love and you could get some high profile publicity. Thanks for sharing.

1. Hi Jon,

I haven’t contacted Jo Boaler or youcubed. You are right that this may be of interest. I think I’ll send a message right off. Thanks for this suggestion, as well as taking time to view the blog and comment.

All my best,
Steve

10. Alphonese Wilson says:

Great resource!

11. Janet says:

We’re on break right now but I can’t wait to try these in class. I might have to recruit some neighbors because I’m so eager to see what ideas and questions arise! THANK YOU!

12. Steve,

You’re a continuous source of inspiration, my friend, these are so golden. I am thinking about how this might combine with your math is motion post from 2/2015. Anyway, just playing with some different ideas, I love, love, love it.

1. I wonder if you could print out “cards” with still images on them and number the back of each image just like in the math in motion activity. I would recommend using a variety of images and ideas so students don’t repeat the same process. I’m currently dabbling with another post that I call “Splat Ladders.” In those lessons, the style and challenge level frequently changes. I think they are really engaging and the variety is nice. The ladders allow me to dabble into territory where I haven’t yet gone in the Splat lessons. I should give you a sample one to try out in your classes. Let me know if you are interested.

2. Jeremiah,

I’m wondering if some of the Splat! images could become cards that could be used within math in motion. Now my mind is spinning on how to make smaller version of splat images for that purpose. That’s a great idea.

Thanks,
Steve

13. Debbie Schuitema says:

These are amazing!!! I can’t wait to use the fraction ones with older students. The K-2 students are loving the original SPLAT!

It might just be my computer but it looks like there is a quarter circle missing from the last slide in 13.1. It’d be under the splat that covers quarter circles to show equivalency (1 and 1/4) with the other splats.

1. Debbie, thank you for this feedback! After reading your comment, I updated 13.1 so it is now correct. That is a fantastic catch! Also, thank you for letting me know how much the k-2 students are enjoying the Splat! series! It’s really fun to get feedback like this! I would never have caught that mistake on 13.1 if you hadn’t pointed it out! Thank you so much!

14. Ramona Priester says:

Hey, Steve, you’ve outdone yourself with fractions Splat! I tried to download 14.1, but it takes me to a page to enter my email and password. Could you take a look at that one?

15. Dawn Dibley says:

These are great, of course! When I tried to download Lesson 14.1, it took me to a page that required a password. I was able to download the rest successfully. Thank you again for sharing these.

16. Kelly Ravenna says:

Wow! I love these! Thank you so much for making these available for teachers to use.

1. Hi, Kelly. You are very welcome! I’m happy to share, and I’ll keep making more.

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