How I Use It
ReadWriteThink is a website that has literacy activities for grades K-12. The websites has a ton of graphic organizers that students can complete online and that can be reproduced and given to the students. I have used resources from this website with my 4th graders, 6th graders, and 7/8th graders.
The Cube Creator function is a great tool to summarize and present information. The Cube Creator is a tool that allows the student to answer questions about a topic on the computer and print out a completed paper that can be made into a 3D cube. Black cubes can also be printed out and filled in by hand. The teacher can create any cube that they would like to create. There are 3 preset cubes (Biography, Mystery, and Story) and a Create Your Own Cube option.
The students have used this tool to condense information and create their own cube as a class study guide. After we have read a biography in class, the students pull out some essential information on the person and some facts that they found to be interesting. The students really enjoy putting their cube together and seeing all of the different facts that their classmates identified.
This website is great. The website has teaching tips for all of the resources that they have, as well as lesson ideas. You can share what has worked well in your class on the site as well. My kids loved making their Bio-Cubes and wanted to do the process multiple times. The website can be a little daunting. There is a lot of information and resources on the site, you may have to spend some time really looking for what you would like. I have not found a resource on this site that I did not like. You can look up resources in a bunch of different ways, by grade level, type, objective, and theme. While it may seem like this site is directed at English/Reading teachers, I would recommend this site to teachers of most subjects.