Mineral Cubes hanging in my classroom:
Sample of slides of information for Wavelite by Isabella:
Distance Learning Edition May/June 2020
Mineral Cube 2020 – Distance Learning was not going to stop us from completing this annual tradition! Students chose their top 10 Minerals and we completed the 2020 Draft Pick using a random name picker to determine the order of each pick. We used one of our Live Zoom Sessions for me to explain the project, go over tech issues, answer questions, and to complete the draft pick.
Using Google Classroom, I made a copy of the template for each student and was able to review their work each day. Students then spent 3 days researching and designing their slides, then a few days building their cubes. We then shared our cubes using Google Slides – each student added their info to one slide and were able to see each others completed Mineral Cubes.
Sample Google Classroom directions:
For the next 3 science classes – you will work on your Mineral Cube Research and gather supplies for your Mineral Cube. I will grade 2 slides each day and give you a classwork grade. When we have LIVE classes, you will sign in and I will look at your slides in real time and answer questions and make suggestions.
- Lesson 17: Slides 3 & 4 – the TOP and BOTTOM of the Cube
- Lesson 18: Slides 5 & 6 – Chemical and Physical Properties of Mineral
- Lesson 19: Slides 7 & 8 – About and Uses of Mineral
- Lesson 20:
- 1. Finalize your slides – make corrections and read my comments, and complete your slide designs.
- 2. Print and cut out the 6 sides of the cube.
- 3. Assemble your mineral cube.
- 4. Add pictures and videos of your mineral cube by Monday to the slides posted for 5/11.
2020 Update Google Slides Template Link – Mineral Research
Completed Slides Template – Students had the option to upload a video of them holding their Mineral Cube and showing all the sides in addition the images of each side.
Sample Slides of Student Work:
This activity has become a yearly tradition and I leave the mineral cubes hanging in my classroom from May of one year to the following May, then return it them in 7th grade.
- Google Slides Template – students will make a copy and share their slides with you. All information and images are placed inside of the 4in x 4in text box
- Students will research and work on their slides during 2-3 class periods, the rest is on their own time, including crafting and designing the mineral cube
- I give students a 6x6x6 cardboard box, but they can make one of their own out of any type of cardboard, such as cereal boxes.
- Mineral Cube Choices and Rubric Spreadsheet: Student can choose any mineral of their choice (there are over 3,000 named minerals) but their mineral has to be used for something, it can’t be a collector’s sample or very rare. We have a draft pick and no two students can have the same mineral.
- Mineral Guides:
- Websites such as:
Sample of a completed cube with information cut out and cube assembled and decorated:
Hi! I am going to try this for the first time! I wanted to know if this is something that you have students do at home or in class. If you have students do this in class, do you supply all the materials or have them bring in materials then decorate during class time?
We do the research in class and they make the boxes at home to save time, they really enjoyed this project and made some creative designs!
How much time did you give for research in class and time at home to construct the cube?
2-3 days for in class research so I would help them and check as they were working on it
And how much time to complete the printing and putting it all together at home?
Super cool and I want to try this! What I am wondering is what is the pulley system you are using on your ceiling? Looks like a nice way to display the cubes.
I used string tied to the overhead outlet plugs 🙂
Thank you! Your ideas were super helpful!
Hello! If it is okay, I am going to use your google slides and sheet, edit them, and add more information on them for my own classroom. Thank you so much!
Yes – you are able to use it in your classroom for free 🙂
Where do you find your boxes?
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You can buy boxes online that come in a flat bundle of 25, I use Amazon, they are inexpensive, or the kids can make boxes out of cereal boxes cut to size and taped together.