Cubing & Think Dots: Secondary Expressions

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Cubing and think dots are two strategies for differentiation in the classroom. Traditionally students are given a cube with a variety of activities or tasks at a given level. Different cubes can contain different levels of tasks and activities. Think dots work in a similar way. Cards with a certain number of dots are provided as well as a number cube. Students roll the number cube and work the associated activity or task on the card with the corresponding number of dots. Again, tasks and activities are varied or leveled to meet the needs of the students.

In this adaptation of a cubing and think dots activity, there are two cubes. One cube has constraints for the actions performed on expressions. Another cube has actions to perform on expressions. Students also use one or two number cubes or they can use dominoes to create the quantities determined by the constraint cube. There is a variety of activities that students can engage in on set of 6 think dot cards. A blank set of think dot cards is provided for the teacher to fill in as needed – for example – choosing particular problems from a set in a text.

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