ALEX Learning Activity


1920s Bio Cube

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Author: Bailey Wix
School:University of North Alabama
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 256
1920s Bio Cube
Digital Tool/Resource:
Cube Creator/Bio Cube
Web Address – URL:

This is a fun way for students to develop an outline of a person to complete a biography using specific prompts to describe a person's significance, personality, and background.  The information entered will be used to create a digital cube that can be printed out and folded into a 3-dimensional cube.  

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
4 ) Identify cultural and economic developments in the United States from 1900 through the 1930s.

•  Describing the impact of various writers, musicians, and artists on American culture during the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age
Examples: Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Andrew Wyeth, Frederic Remington, W. C. Handy, Erskine Hawkins, George Gershwin, Zora Neale Hurston (Alabama)

•  Identifying contributions of turn-of-the-century inventors
Examples: George Washington Carver, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Alva Edison, Wilbur and Orville Wright (Alabama)

•  Describing the emergence of the modern woman during the early 1900s
Examples: Amelia Earhart, Zelda Fitzgerald, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Washington, suffragettes, suffragists, flappers (Alabama)

•  Identifying notable persons of the early 1900s
Examples: Babe Ruth, Charles A. Lindbergh, W. E. B. Du Bois, John T. Scopes (Alabama)

•  Comparing results of the economic policies of the Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover Administrations
Examples: higher wages, increase in consumer goods, collapse of farm economy, extension of personal credit, stock market crash, Immigration Act of 1924

Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Identify cultural developments in the US from 1900 through the 1930s by describing the impact of various writers, musicians, and artists on American culture during the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age.
  • Identify contributions of turn-of-the century inventors.
  • Describe the emergence of the modern woman.
  • Identifying notable persons of the early 1900s.
  • Compare results of various administrative economic policies of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Jazz Age
  • suffragettes
  • suffragists
  • flappers
  • personal credit
  • stock market crash
  • Immigration Act of 1924
Students know:
  • The cultural and economic developments of the early 1900s.
Students are able to:
  • Characterize the impact of notable people and events that shape our world.
  • Compare multiple points of view to explain economic policies.
Students understand that:
  • Major cultural and economic changes took place in the US during the early 1900's.
Alabama Archives Resources:
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Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.6.4- Identify at least one or more inventions and inventors of the late 1800s and early 1900s, including Thomas Edison (practical light bulb), Alexander Graham Bell (telephone), George Washington Carver (uses for the peanut), Wright Brothers (airplane), and Henry Ford (affordable car); illustrate the cultural changes of the early 1900s presented by at least one or more individuals including, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zora Neale Hurston, Helen Keller, Babe Ruth, W. C. Handy, and Charles Lindbergh.

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to identify notable persons of the early 1900s and describe their cultural contributions of the times including various writers, musicians, artistis, turn-of-the-century inventors, and modern women.   

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

Students will research a notable person from the early 1900s.  Students complete the Bio Cube Planning Sheet on the person they have chosen.  Then, Once the sheet is complete, children can transfer the information online by clicking on the six numbered blocks and filling in responses. From there, the template can be printed, folded, and taped to form a cube.  Each student's cube can be shared with the class in a museum type tour or open discussion forum.  

Assessment Strategies:

Students will be assessed on their Bio Cube Planning Sheet.  

Advanced Preparation:

Students need to have access to an internet connected device.

Variation Tips (optional):

Students can choose a notable person to research and complete the Bio Cube Planning Sheet.  Then students can handwrite their information on a 3-D blank cube template found here:


Notes or Recommendations (optional):
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: F Scott FItzgerald, notable persons of the early 1900s