ALEX Learning Activity

ReadWriteThink Cube Creator

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Tiffany Marchman
Organization:University of North Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 397
ReadWriteThink Cube Creator
Digital Tool/Resource:
Story Cube Creator Interactive
Web Address – URL:

In this activity, students will use a cube creator to organize the key elements in a story. The Story Cube Creator interactive allows students to summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. This interactive tool is used to help the students organize the story in a fun and engaging way.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
3 ) Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions). [RL.4.3]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.4.3- Describe and/or identify a character, a setting, or an event in a story.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
9 ) By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the Grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RL.4.10]

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 4
16) Gather and organize data to answer a question using a variety of computing and data visualization methods.

Examples: Sorting, totaling, averaging, charts, and graphs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to identify the key elements in a story.
  • Students will use the cube creator to organize the key elements in a story.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

The students will begin by reading and analyzing an assigned story in class. The students will then begin their interactive activity. The interactive organizer is a six-sided cube with each of the story elements appearing on each side. Students will record their answers to the prompts on each side. Once the student records their information on one side, the cube flips to a different side with a new prompt. The main idea of the Cube Creator is to focus on each element in greater detail. These details will work together to produce the main idea of the story. Once the student completes the cube, the student will be able to have a fun organized cube of information. The teacher may print out the cubes to allow the student to create a hands-on cube.

Assessment Strategies:

The students will identify the key elements in a story and use the interactive cube to organize the information. The teacher will be able to evaluate the students by viewing each student's story cube to see if they fully understand the concept of the story elements. This will also allow the teacher to know if the students have met the content standard.

Advanced Preparation:

The students will utilize the interactive following their lesson on learning about each story element. The students will have had practice reading and identifying the key elements in a story previous to this activity.

Variation Tips (optional):

This YouTube video is a song that can be played as extra guidance for the students to understand the elements of a story. The video gives several examples of each element that is easy for the students to remember. With each example, is a visual that corresponds to each story element. The song utilizes rhyming to make the song easy to remember and fun for the students!


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