Cubing is an instructional strategy that asks students to consider a concept from a variety of different perspectives. The cubes are six-sided figures that have a different activity on each side of the cube. A student rolls the cube and does the activity that comes up. This strategy gives students a novelty aspect to a learning station, which is proven to keep students more engaged. Students can work alone or in groups on their appropriate cube. Students can roll the cube however many times that you allow depending on the magnitude of the assignments.
This differentiated station works with the poem, “The Sandcastle.” To set up the station, you will need the poem and three different cubes. The cubes need to be run off on different colored paper to help identify the different levels of tasks.
Green- level 1 (Tier 3 students)
Pink-Level 2 (Tier 2 students)
Yellow-Level 3 (Tier 1 students)
Assign the students their specific color based on your individual classroom data.
I have included a simple response sheet that requires the students to complete three activities. If you want the students to complete more activities, print out the response sheet twice.
I have also included a station directions sheet that can remind students what to do in this specific station.