Color the Cube Connectors

Color The Cube Connectors

After Introducing Cube Connectors this summer, I received some wonderful feedback about finding a way to allow the students to design their own cube connector combinations.  In this post, you’ll find not only 12 downloadable pages, but some vivid strategies that allow students to combine the use of color with equations to discover some powerful connections. It also looks amazing, and your students will relish this opportunity!


Here is the link to download the 12 pages described in the video.


If you have pictures to share of your students’ colored cube connector creations, please send them to me.  I would love to include some within this blog post, along with the Twitter handle of their teachers!


You may also enjoy the wildly popular post entitled The Maze Hundreds Chart.  This interactive, downloadable chart (written in PPT) allows you to ask a wide variety of rich, interesting questions.


In addition, Strategies for Using the Maze Hundreds Chart has rapidly become very popular.


The original Cube Connectors post and the follow-up post may also be of interest to you.


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  1. Karyn Berry on January 4, 2018 at 8:31 am

    We are nearing the unit where they will begin working on unit cubes. I watched your webinar over the summer, during the Virtual Summit, because I was a registered student of Christina T. I down loaded your “color the cube connectors” and just recently revisited looking at them in preperation for teaching this. For the life of me I can’t figure out how to color them to show the various decompositions. Can you give further direction on that. Thanks,
    K Berry (AIS Math)

  2. Matt James on February 27, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Hi Steve

    I am maths lead at a primary school over in England and have used the cube connectors with my class and it had a great impact so huge thanks. What I would love to do now is show some of my other staff and get them to use them in other year groups. Can I ask firstly if this is okay with you? And secondly how do you generate the cubes and then change the colours on your slide as my staff need a little more scaffolding to get going so thought if I produced a couple of similar interactive slides it would help them.

    Any help would be much appreciated and thanks again for sharing all your great ideas!

    • on February 27, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Hi Matt,
      I use PowerPoint to make a single small cube, and then I duplicate it until I have the desired shape. Sometimes, I make a large rectangular prism and then trim away the parts that I don’t want until I have the desired shape to work with. Then I use the PPT animations to change the color on the cubes. Change Fill Color. I also print directly from PowerPoint, or save it as a PDF and then print. It take a little practice to get the shapes you want, but when you have the feel for it, the process moves very quickly.

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