Assemble 3-D Cubes to create this amazing, rotating manipulative.
This creative manipulative can be used for any language arts or math concept! Adhere shapes, letters or numbers to each Cube for learning fun. Enjoy building models with three dimensional shapes and encourage students to think outside the box!
Use 3-D Cubes to design a larger, rotating cube for hours of hands-on fun.
Supplies Used: Construction Paper or Cardstock, Double-Sided Tape, Tape
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
Be sure to watch the Video to support step-by-step instructions.
- Die-cut eight 3-D Cubes from construction paper or cardstock. Laminating the paper before cutting will make a longer-lasting project (Figure A).
- Fold on all of the perforations and assemble the Cubes, using double-sided tape on the tabs (Figure B).
- Arrange Cubes into pairs. Tape one pair of Cubes together along one edge. Invert and open the seam so that the opposite side of the taped joint is exposed. Tape this joint as well. Repeat this procedure with the remaining three pairs of Cubes (see Video).
- Arrange cubes into groups of four. It is very important how the pairs are adhered together. For each group, place the cubes together, making sure that the taped side of each pair is facing the outside edge(see Video).
- For each group, attach tape at the top, connecting two of the cubes from opposing pairs. Again, invert and open the seams to reinforce the opposite sides with tape.
- Bring the two groups together to create one large group of eight Cubes. Be sure that the taped top of each sub-group is on opposite ends (see Video).
- Gently flip the group of eight Cubes over and add tape, so that the two center Cubes from each group are attached to each other (see Video). Remember to invert and open the seam to reinforce the opposite side of each joint with tape (see Video).
- The eight Cubes are now assembled as one large manipulative (see Main Photo).
Note: It is recommended that you put a second layer of tape (from one end of the seam to the other) on both sides of each joint.
- Figure A
- Figure B
Pre-K-5: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to use visualization, spatial reasoning and geometric modeling to solve problems.
- In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should recognize and represent shapes from different perspectives.
- In grades 3-5, all students should identify and build a three-dimensional object from two-dimensional representations of that object.
Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.