This project involves making a paper cube to help students comprehend their reading and use their art skills. The cube can consist of critical thinking questions from a book you have read, as well as pictures of important things or main ideas. & It can all be done in 30 minutes or less :-)
Content Standards: Core Content:Student is able to demonstrate reading comprehension through creation of visual images that portray or depict meanings associated with English comprehension.
Visual Art:Standard 9: Students develop and apply skills using a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional media, tools, and processes to create works that communicate personal meaning.Standard 10: Students reflect on, revise, and refine work using problem solving and critical thinking skills.
Step 1: Materials Needed
You will need:
-Glue or tape
-Computer paper (* if you want larger cubes, use larger sheets of paper.*)
Step 2: Draw 4 2x2 Squares
First have each student get a ruler and a pencil out. Have them then create four 2x2 squares stacked vertically.
Step 3: Add 2 More Squares
After the students have created their squares, instruct them to create two more 2x2 squares. Have them create them to the left and to the right of the second square from the top. After they have added these two extra squares, the squares should look like they created a cross.
Step 4: Cut Out the "cross" Shape You Have Made From the Squares
Have the students cut out their cross.
Step 5: Add Colors, Pictures, and Questions
Have the students color each of the squares within the cross. They can also draw pictures of important objects or events on their squares. Make sure at least two of the squares include a reading comprehension question. ( i.e. What lesson was learned within the story?)
Step 6: Fold on the Lines
Fold the squares within the cross on their lines that were created earlier to ensure that they were 2x2 squares.
*Make sure you fold on the lines, otherwise it will be hard to create the cube*
Step 7: Begin to Glue or Tape the Sides Together
Have students begin to tape or glue their squares together.
It can be done from the inside or the outside of the cube. Either way
It can get pretty tricky to tape or glue the sides, so I suggest having one student hold the two sides together that need to tape and have the other student tape them.
Step 8: The Final Product
Use the cubes to help the students fully comprehend what they are reading. Make it fun! You could sit in a big circle and toss the cubes around and have them answer the questions on them and discuss them. Or even have them get into small groups with them.
I think it would also be cool if you got a very large sheet of paper and made a giant cube. This way everyone could see it, and everyone could be involved with drawing or writing on it.
*The picture below shows two because I wasn't happy with my first cube that I had made.*