Inspired by Rory’s Story Cubes and a desire to check for student understanding in a variety of ways, I created my own #healthed story cubes.
9 cubes, 6 sides on each cube meant I had to identify 54 words to represent on the cubes. I chose verbs, emotions, topics and ‘other’ icons. Icons were chosen to represent words such as:
Comprehend, promote, prevent, analyze, demonstrate, access, communicate, enhance, avoid, reduce, practice, happy, sad, confused, gender, relationships, bullying, online, advocacy, goals, mental health, social health, emotional health, physical health, nutrition, hydration, sleep, muscles, reproductive health, media.
I printed out a template and pasted the icons on to the template. The template can be found at tinyurl.com/healthdice. You can print these out, or switch out the icons if you wish. After careful cutting, scoring and glueing you will have 9 cardboard cubes.
You can now use these in a variety of ways in class.
1: Roll all 9 cubes. Choose an image to start your story/narrative and then continue, linking each of the 9 face up images.
2: Think of a health theme or topic. Roll the 9 cubes and try to weave them into the chosen title or theme.
3: Divide the cubes between a group of students. First player rolls the cube to start the story/narrative. The next player in the group rolls their cube and builds upon the story. You can stop after 9 rolls, or keep the rotation going if the students can confidently continue with the activity.
Why not get students to suggest other icons, or create their own cube as an extension activity?