About this product:
For 16 years now, whether it be with my literacy kids, third graders, fifth graders, and now second graders, I have done a dodecahedron project. A dodecahedron has 12 pentagon faces. You may have seen these before... For the past two years, with second graders, we have created "Getting to Know Me" dodecahedrons. Upon reflection, I have decided to do the dodecahedron project with a science related topic. Therefore, I created this, similar yet simplified, cube project for the beginning of the year. It takes less time, but it serves the same purpose. :0)
This product was designed as an activity to help your students get to know one another and begin to create a classroom community at the beginning of the school year.
Cubes can be created over a series of days at the very beginning of the school year.
I recommend making a sample to use as a model.
Students create each cube piece following the directions printed on each sheet. Stress coloring the entire area, including the “tabs” around the square. Carefully cutting on the circle lines and folding on the square lines is important as well.
Select 6 pieces (13 provided) you would like your students to complete, or you may decide to let students choose from the 13 different pieces.
Meet Me! (Student Name/Picture)
I enjoy learning about...
My Favorite Food
My Special Interest
My Best Trait
My Favorite Color
My Favorite Animal
My Favorite School Activity
My Favorite Family Activity
Students can put each piece together using a glue stick or a stapler. I show my students how to use the stapler method. Only one staple is needed to attach each piece together. See photo in directions. Rarely do I need to assist after I have modeled the process.
Whether using a glue stick or stapler, demonstrate how to assemble before allowing students to do so. I pair up students to help one another, as well.
These look wonderful hanging from the ceiling in the classroom.
Before hanging, students can pair up and CAREFULLY toss their cubes to one another. Whichever face his/her right hand lands on is what is shared. Toss back and forth in this way until all faces are shared. Then rotate students so they have a chance to get to know their classmates. This can be done in several sittings.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!