# Rubik’s Cube Units and Lessons

## Critical Thinking, Math, STEM/STEAM

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## STEM Rubik’s Unit Student Notebook

9 lessons: the history of games & puzzles; how animals learn; architecture & design; engineering & construction; physics of the cube; memory & learning; and technology & communication.

**Grades:** K-5

**Subjects:** Art, Biology, Geometry, History, Math, Science, STEM, Technology

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design, Friction, Genetics, Geometry of Solids, Neuroscience

## Rubik’s Unit : The Geometry, The Art, The Solution: Student Book

Cross-curricular unit study with 11 lessons focusing on the geometry of the Rubik’s Cube, writing algorithms, creating mosaic art, and more! Target audience: gr 4 - 8.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Art, Geometry, History, Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Solve, STEM, Technology

**Concepts:** Algebraic Notation, Engineering and Design, Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids, Inverse Operations, Patterns, Rubik's History, Spatial Visualization, Transformations, symmetry

## STEM Rubik’s Unit Teacher Guide

Resources and notes for teaching the STEM Rubik’s Unit’s 9 lessons. Topics include the history of games & puzzles; memory & learning; architecture & design; engineering & construction; physics; and technology & communication.

**Grades:** K-5

**Subjects:** Art, Biology, Geometry, History, Math, STEM, Technology

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design, Friction, Genetics, Geometry of Solids, Neuroscience

## Rubik’s Unit: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution: Teacher Guide

Cross-curricular unit study with 11 lessons focusing on the geometry of the Rubik’s Cube, writing algorithms, creating mosaic art, and more! Target audience: gr 4 - 8

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Art, Critical Thinking, Geometry, History, Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Science, Solve, STEM, Technology

**Concepts:** Algebraic Notation, Engineering and Design, Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids, Inverse Operations, Patterns, Rubik's History, Spatial Visualization, Transformations, symmetry

## Solving the Rubik’s Cube

Students will learn how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Solve

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design, Patterns, Spatial Visualization

## Fractions Models Lesson

Students will name the numerator and denominator of a given fraction and identify fractional parts using a Rubik’s Cube.

**Grades:** K-5

**Subjects:** Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

**Concepts:**

## Making Rubik’s Art

Students will design their own picture, replicate it using 9 Rubik’s Cubes, and use photo editing apps to create larger Rubik’s mosaics. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Art, Math, Mosaics, Solve, STEM, Technology

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design, Mosaics, Patterns, Spatial Visualization

## The Man, The Cube, Its Impact

Students will learn about the history of the Rubik’s Cube through research and presentations. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** History

**Concepts:** Rubik's History

## Cracking the Code - Part 1 Alphabet Blocks

Students will create as many letters of the alphabet as possible, each on a single cube face, and articulate how the reader will know which letters have been formed.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Math, Technology

**Concepts:** Patterns, Spatial Visualization

## Writing Algorithms - Intro to Speed Solving

Students will learn about the cycle of algorithms through the solving of a Rubik’s Cube. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Solve

**Concepts:** Algebraic Notation, Inverse Operations

## DNA Codons - Cube Critters

Students will use the Rubik’s Cube to create DNA codes for imaginary creatures.

**Grades:** 9-12

**Subjects:** Biology, Science

**Concepts:** Genetics

## Measurement Lesson - Area, Surface Area, Volume

Students will study measurement, rounding to the nearest centimeter, and find the area, surface area, and volume of a Rubik’s Cube.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## Mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube - Factorals and Exponents

Students will explore the possible number ways the pieces of a Rubik’s Cube can be arranged, and still fit the criteria for a Rubik’s Cube.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Math, Probability

**Concepts:** Factorals and Exponents

## Deconstructing Prisms

After analyzing patterns in a Rubik’s Cube, students will write expressions that determine the number of unit cubes with any given number of exposed faces.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

**Concepts:** Algebraic Notation, Geometry of Solids, Patterns

## Making a 2x2 Rubik’s Cube

Students will learn how a 3x3 Rubik’s Cube can be modified to make a 2x2 Rubik’s Cube and create a solution guide for solving a 2x2 Rubik’s Cube. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Solve, STEM

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design, Spatial Visualization

## Classifying Polygons

Students will learn vocabulary related to polygons and use that vocabulary to classify polygons. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Neuroscience

## Platonic Solids

Students will learn more about platonic solids and use nets to create the platonic solids. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## Mosaic Lesson 3: Pixels and Resolution

Students will apply the skill of solving the upper face of a Rubik’s® Cube to a given pattern to convert their drawings to Rubik’s® Cube mosaics.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Art, Mosaics, Ratio and Proportion, Technology

**Concepts:** Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution

## Geometry of Solids

Students will become familiar with the structure of a Rubik’s Cube and the associated solid geometry terminology in order to better understand the solution guide.

**Grades:** 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## Testing Net Variations

Students will use a Rubik’s Cube to test if a potential formation of 6 squares is a hexomino nets. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids, Transformations, symmetry

## Mix and Map and Match

Students will map 3-D shapes onto 2-D nets, and to read and rebuild nets to match to 3D shapes. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids, Transformations, symmetry

## Making “How To” Videos

Students will soldify their skill of solving a Rubik’s Cube by creating and editing a how-to video. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Solve, Technology

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design

## Cracking the Code - Part 2 Create a Code

Students will crack a “Rubik’s® code” and will be challenged to create their own visual codes using the six colors on a single face of a Rubik’s® Cube.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Technology

**Concepts:** Patterns, Spatial Visualization

## Working within Constraints

Students will use spatial reasoning skills to solve the faces of a Rubik’s Cube so that no 2 adjacent cublets are the same color.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Math

**Concepts:** Patterns, Spatial Visualization

## Art and Geometry Lessons

Students will create a scale model of a Rubik’s Cube, draw its net, and create a “designer” cube.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Art, Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## Geometry - Scale Drawing Lesson

Students will create scale drawings of Rubik’s Cubes.

**Grades:** 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math, Ratio and Proportion

**Concepts:** Scale Models

## Geometry - Polyhedron Nets Lesson

Students will create all the possible nets for a Rubik’s® Cube.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## STEM Lesson - Elementary - Build a Cube

Students will learn the names of the different pieces of the Rubik’s Cube and how it is built by creating their own cube.

**Grades:** K-5

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math, STEM

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## STEM Lesson - Middle School - Build a Cube

Students will learn the pieces of the Rubik’s Cube, the PBL (Problem-Based Learning) approach to solving problems, and act as engineers to design a Rubik’s Cube model.

**Grades:** 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math, STEM

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## Using the Mosaics Intermediate Guide

Written by a high school teacher, this lesson gives tips on using the Intermediate Mosaic Guide.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Art, Critical Thinking, Mosaics

**Concepts:** Mosaics, Patterns, Pixels and Resolution, Spatial Visualization

## Introduction to Geometry 2 - Volume

Students will learn the characteristics of rectangular prisms and how to find their volume.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## Introduction to Geometry 3 - Perimeter and Area of Composite Figures

Students will determine the area and perimeter of composite figures.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## Introduction to Geometry 4 - Surface Area and Nets

Students will find the surface area of rectangular prisms using their nets. They will simplify formulas for surface area.

**Grades:**

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Friction

## Classifying 3 Dimensional Shapes

Students will learn vocabulary related to space figures, name 3-dimensional objects, identify parts of 3-d objects, and algebraic expressions. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Geometry, Math

**Concepts:** Geometry of Solids

## CODE Sample Alphabet

This is a possible answer key to Cracking the Code, Part 1, Alphabet Letters.

**Grades:**

**Subjects:** Math, Technology

**Concepts:** Patterns

## 2x2 Solution Guide (Spanish)

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Solve

**Concepts:** Spatial Visualization

## Mosaic Guide: Learning The Basics

Booklet for beginners about thinking in pixels, how color works, and algorithms for edges and corners. Includes 3 templates for mosaics using 36 cubes.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Art, Mosaics

**Concepts:** Mosaics, Patterns, Spatial Visualization, Transformations, symmetry

## Create Rubik’s Cube Mosaics Using GIMP

Upload your own picture to GIMP then create the Mosaic and templates for use in the classroom.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Art, Mosaics, Technology

**Concepts:** Pixels and Resolution, Spatial Visualization

## Create Mosaics Using Adobe Photoshop

Using Adobe Photoshop these step by step instructions walk you through the process to create your own templates.

**Grades:** 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Art, Mosaics, Technology

**Concepts:** Pixels and Resolution, Spatial Visualization

## PBL Build a Container

Students will design packaging for a glass Rubik’s® Cube with the least materials.

**Grades:** 6-8

**Subjects:** Art, Math, STEM

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design, Geometry of Solids

## PBL Presentation

Students will create a webpage or PowerPoint to explain how to solve the Rubik’s Cube, perhaps to a younger audience . They may include tips to overcome their stumbling blocks.

**Grades:** 6-8

**Subjects:** Technology

**Concepts:** Engineering and Design

## Mosaic Guide: Getting Creative

Booklet with algorithms for edges and corners and instructions and tips on building large mosaics using our templates.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Art, Mosaics

**Concepts:** Mosaics, Patterns, Pixels and Resolution

## 3x3 Solution Guide (Spanish)

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**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Solve

**Concepts:** Spatial Visualization

## 2x2 Solution Guide (English)

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Critical Thinking, Solve

**Concepts:** Spatial Visualization

## Mosaic Lesson 1: Making a Multi Colored Cross

All digital images are composed of millions of squares or pixels. Creating mosaics using Rubik’s® Cubes is a great lesson in resolution and area.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8

**Subjects:** Mosaics

**Concepts:** Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution, Spatial Visualization

## Check List

A Solution Guide Check List allows individuals to follow the solution guide and check off each step along the way to make sure they haven’t overlooked any important steps.

**Grades:** K-5, 6-8, 9-12

**Subjects:** Solve

**Concepts:**