Mineral Cube Project

Mineral Cubes hanging in my classroom:


Sample of slides of information for Wavelite by Isabella:


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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.Ā 

  • 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 TemplateĀ  – 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:

(Public) Mineral Cube - Let's share our cubes _) (1)(Public) Mineral Cube - Let's share our cubes _)


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.


Sample of a completed cube with information cut out and cube assembled and decorated:


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13 thoughts on “Mineral Cube Project

  1. Susan March 3, 2022 / 4:08 pm

    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?


    • Liz Belasic March 3, 2022 / 9:23 pm

      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!


      • Susan March 3, 2022 / 10:49 pm

        How much time did you give for research in class and time at home to construct the cube?


      • Liz Belasic March 4, 2022 / 1:33 pm

        2-3 days for in class research so I would help them and check as they were working on it


      • Susan March 4, 2022 / 1:36 pm

        And how much time to complete the printing and putting it all together at home?


  2. Susan Brown February 27, 2022 / 4:54 pm

    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.


    • Liz Belasic February 28, 2022 / 2:23 pm

      I used string tied to the overhead outlet plugs šŸ™‚


  3. Anonymous March 11, 2021 / 9:20 pm

    Thank you! Your ideas were super helpful!


  4. Dominique Germann March 18, 2020 / 1:19 pm

    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!


    • Liz Belasic March 21, 2020 / 6:53 pm

      Yes – you are able to use it in your classroom for free šŸ™‚


  5. John Rogers March 1, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Where do you find your boxes?

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    • Liz LaRosa March 2, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      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.


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