Cubing allows students to look at a topic from several different perspectives. Students are given or make a 6-sided cube. Each side of the cube has a different prompt or task. Here are some examples:
Describe it * Compare it * Associate it *Analyze it * Apply it * Connect it * Illustrate it* Change it * Solve it* Question it *Rearrange it * Satirize it * Evaluate it * Relate it to something else * Contrast it * Investigate it * What is the significance of it? * Put it in historical perspective * What are the cause/effects of it * Cartoon it * Tell the parts of it * Argue for/against it *
You can also have students come up with their own questions by putting who, what, where, when, why, and how on the sides. For example, students can create their own questions about a text they just read. Their question must start with the word they roll on the cube. This helps make sure they don’t just ask yes/no questions.
Cubing can be combined with small group, student-led discussion. It also works great for differentiation by giving students or groups cubes that have differing levels of difficulty.
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You can create customized cubes, spinners and dice online! Students can create their own virtual decision maker with the verbs you've recommended and then take turns spinning the virtual wheel or rolling silent dice. Check out two such tools below!
Below is a collection of resources with different cubing suggestions for multiple content areas, as well as how you can use cubing to differentiate for individual learners. There's also a template if you want to make your own 3D cubes.