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Cube Creator – ReadWriteThink

March 30, 2013

You know I am all about free resources for teachers. This online interactive tool has so many possibilities for your classroom. It can be used in all content areas and by all grade levels. It is free at ReadWriteThink, one of my favorite sites. There are lesson plans, resources, and 58 other student interactive tools.cube creator

The Bio Cube interactive has been changed to a new format: the Cube Creator.

Summarizing information is an important postreading and prewriting activity that helps students synthesize what they have learned. The interactive Cube Creator offers four options:

BioCubeIcpnBio Cube: This option allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography. Specific prompts ask students to describe a person’s significance, background, and personality.
MysterCubeIconMystery Cube: Use this option to help your students sort out the clues in their favorite mysteries or develop outlines for their own stories. Among its multiple applications, the Mystery Cube helps students identify mystery elements, practice using vocabulary from this popular genre, and sort and summarize information. Specific prompts ask students to describe the setting, clues, crime or mystery, victim, detective, and solution.
StoryCubeStory Cube: In this cube option, students can summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. Students can even identify their favorite part of the story. This can be used as an alternative to the Story Map interactive.

CYOCubeIconCreate-Your-Own Cube: Working on a science unit? Doing some research on volcanoes? The Create-Your-Own Cube is your answer. This version allows teachers and students to generate their own questions or topics. Teachers can type in the questions, lock them from editing using the padlock icon, and save the file using the Save tab at the top of the screen. The saved file can then be shared with students to enter in their responses. Students can also customize cubes on topics of their choosing.

(Flash Player Required)

I sometimes use a purchased foam cube for formative assessment at the end of class or a learning segment. Using this online tool, I can create my own FREE cube and customize it for my lesson. Just print it out and toss it around the classroom. Each student answers one of the questions or the one their right thumb is touching. After the student shares, they toss it to another student. Here is the one I created in two minutes. Formative Assessment Cube (Click to download.)



  • Think about using it for the first week of school. Students create their own Bio Cube in the computer lab. Print. Decorate. Share. Hang from the ceiling of the classroom.
  • Use it at the end of a unit. Students summarize their learning. Print and add drawings and sketches.
  • Use it for a book report.
  • Use it to tell a story.
  • Need a blank cube for another project? Just add title and print it out.

The possibilities are endless. Check it out and please share your own creative uses for this tool.

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