Are you teaching nutrient cycles? Once you get beyond teaching the water cycle, things can get confusing. Overcoming some of the challenging information is best done if students are having fun with their learning. A Cube and Stack Puzzle on nutrients is just what you are looking for! You will purchase templates for 5 knowledge cubes. Each student in a group of five will create a Knowledge Cube. Once the cube is created, the team of five tries to stack their cubes based on the lesson objective. Once their stack is correct, a follow up worksheet reinforces the learning of the day.
This lesson is based on state curriculum objectives about biogeochemical cycles. Once all five cubes have been constructed, student teams stack the puzzle so that each side deals with the carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, phosphorous cycle, or hydrologic cycle.
And, for extra fun, 5 cubes means that even though students stack their knowledge cubes correctly, their stack may topple over ... that creates much fun in class! (You will notice it reinforces the learning because they need to redo their stacks).
This activity takes one to two 55 minute classes depending on the ability of the class. I have, on occasion, presented a mini-lecture followed by each student creating one Knowledge Cube per day for four days. On day five all students complete the last cube then figures out the Puzzle with the pieces they have made. Each student completes the worksheet and submits it to you. The week is over, students have gleefully (sort of) mastered the biogeochemical nutrient cycles!
To store the cubes, brown bags work great. Just be sure each student labels his/her brown bags. Store where the bags won't be crushed.
Your purchase includes:
Cover Sheet with Model Lesson Plan
Student Directions (found on each template)
5 Different Templates.
Worksheet Answer Key
Puzzle Stack Answer Key
This manipulative activity requires scissors, glue, and 1 activity sheet per student. (A class of 20 would need require 5 templates x 4 students, or a total of 20 activity sheets for the class).
Puzzles are a great addition to administrative observations. You cover hands-on minds on, manipulative activity, reinforcement of concepts, objective stated on each template, and relevant to student life (Cube 5).
My students have fun with this, and I hope your's do, too! Let me know if I can help with further questions. Thank you.