Question Cubes for Discussion and Review

Tip: Question Cubes for Discussion and Review

How do I do it?
Teacher, whole class, or individual students create a list of questions related to what they are studying that people could answer in a variety of ways.  For example, for a study of family: How many people are in your family?  Who is the oldest?  Who is the youngest?  Who lives near?  Who lives far?  What does your family like to do?  etc.  Or, for a study of fractions: What is the biggest fraction you can make?  What is 1/2 of a 1/2?  How do we use fractions in real life? etc.  Or, for a study on color: What is blue in the room?  How does red make you feel?  Invent a color.  Describe and name it?  (As you can see, the possibilities are endless!)  Write the questions on a question cube (download FREE blank template here and print on thick paper) or buy write-on write-off dice.  Have students work in pairs or small groups taking turns rolling the dice and reading the question to the person to their right who then answers it. 

Variations & Extensions
As an extension, students  or a scribe can record their answers on a paper or an individual whiteboard and decide upon and present their top 3 answers to the class or to another group.  This is a great pre-writing or pre-reading activity.  Circulate asking students to explain their thinking or repeat what someone in their group answered.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1&2
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expression their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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