This is definitely one of my all-time favourites! The students love it and it is more challenging than it initially seems. It also provides a great opportunity for students to work on their communication skills.
Topic: 3D shapes, Surface Area, Volume, Logic and Reasoning
Grade level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Task: Start with 27 linking cubes. You need 9 colours and 3 of each colour. Build a 3 by 3 by 3 cube where each face has exactly one of each colour.
1. Student instructions and worksheet
2. Solution and answer key
3. Assessment: includes student self assessment and teacher assessment of task using standards-based grading.