Cube Conversations

 

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Cube Conversations is a set of 80 (eighty!) animated lessons designed to promote visually rich math discourse.  I’ve designed these lessons to invite many voices and vantage points into classroom conversations.

Much like Splat!, you control the animation with a few simple clicks  – and each click presents an opportunity for students to see and discuss an image in new ways.

Of course, there is also a sense of mystery, much like what your students felt in Splat!  The end of each slide includes The Reveal, when the answer is shown.

I hope your classroom will be filled with rich math talk, inspiring insights from your students, and moments of celebration as you guide your class through Cube Conversations!

Watch the video, download the lessons, and allow your students to amaze your with their visual math thinking.

 

***UPDATE:  You can now download the 80 printable Cube Conversations pages here.

 

THE ANIMATED LESSONS

Level 1:  “Single Layer Structures, Part A”

Grades:  K-3

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Set 10

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Level 2:  “Single Layer Structures, Part B”

Grades:  K-3

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Level 3:  “Twice as Thick”

Grades:  2-6

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Level 4:  “Texture Time”

Grades:  2-6


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Level 5:  “Challenging Structures”

Grades:  3 – 8

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Level 6:  “Increasing Complexity”

Grades:  3 – 8

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Set 57
Set 58
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Set 60

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Level 7:  “Insightful Complexity”

Grades:  5 – 12


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Level 8:  “Giant Structures”

Grades:  5 – 12


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Set 80

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Other Posts and Resources Which May Be of Interest

Splat!  (over 140,000 free lessons downloads in 2017!)

The Fraction Splat! Series (with 20 more downloadable lessons) is now available!

Tiled Area Questions

Primary Tile Questions

3 Powerful Tile Strategies (and 40 new downloadable pages)

The Maze Hundreds Chart

Introducing Cube Connectors

Provide Massive Space to Notice

 

Thank you for taking time to view my blog!  I’m learning as I go!

All my best,

Steve

 

21 thoughts on “Cube Conversations

  1. Hi Steve,
    I love the cube conversations, especially for my kids who have trouble looking at the 1 dimensional representations of cubes when they’re asked to find volume.
    And I especially love that the kids can share their “vision” of what they’re seeing.
    A question about that though….if I’m using it on my smart board, and clicking advances the slide (or the reveal), how do you keep from “clicking” when the kids are up at the board showing their versions? Won’t it take them to the reveal?
    Thanks!
    Nancy Golden

  2. Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful resources! I worked with a 3rd grader today with this and he loved it- I can’t wait to work with my 1st and 2nd grade students this week

  3. Yay! We loved Splat and now we have Cubes – so excited to use this wonderful resource and know that my students will love it too. Thanks Steve for your generosity in sharing this with all of us.

  4. Very inspiring.
    I am yet to try these with my learners.
    Thank you Steve for your generous sharing of your hard work.

  5. You have become one of my math heroes. Thank you for sharing…and for free. I feel like my students have come so much further since I have shared your lessons. They see math so differently now.

  6. Steve, you did it again!

    Another awesome way to get my 6th grade students who are not well exposed to geometry to dip their toes in the water.

    Geometry, patterns, order of operations, even algebra can be easily accessed without struggle using this.

    I’m thinking of sharing the Powerpoint in class while also giving students a chance to color in as many patterns as they can.

    At the same time students should be asked to express in math terms their translation of their visual breakdown.

    I think it will work well in my 6th grade multi-level mICT classes too. My co-teacher isn’t very visual, so I hope she enjoys the journey along with the kids!

  7. Thanks for the great resource Steve. I am very excited to use this with my students when I return from break. Thanks for taking the time to create more challenging conversations.

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