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Cube Combinations

Christy Clanton
Bay District Schools


Cube Combinations gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of place value as they create 5 digit numbers from the roll of five number cubes.


The student names whole numbers combining 3-digit numeration (hundreds, tens, ones) and the use of number periods, such as ones, thousands, and millions and associates verbal names, written word names, and standard numerals with whole numbers, commonly used fractions, decimals, and percents.

The student uses place-value concepts of grouping based upon powers of ten (thousandths, hundredths, tenths, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands) within the decimal number system.


-Five number cubes per team
-Student copies of the Cube Combinations Record Sheet and Cube Combinations Score Sheet


Gather student copies and number cubes


1. Students are given 5 number cubes, The Cube Combinations Record Sheet, and Cube Combinations Score Sheet.
2. Students roll the cubes and record their data on the sheets provided. Students record the numbers rolled, determine a combination for the numbers, record the standard form of the number, the expanded form of the number, and the number written in word form. Our class loves to extend this activity by setting a time limit, racing a partner, calculating totals of all numbers rolled, etc.
3. Students share their work with three peers and make revisions before sharing with the teacher.
4. Students self-assess their work with the Cube Combinations Score Sheet.


Students self-assess their work using the Cube Combinations Score Sheet.

Attached Files

Cube Combination Score and Record Sheet     File Extension: pdf

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