If you’re doing a unit on authors or famous people with your students, here’s a fun way for them to display the information about that person.

ReadWriteThink‘s Bio-Cube generator lets students rotate the online cube as they add the following information:- person’s name, time period, place, personal background, personality traits, significance, biggest obstacle and important quotation. Then it creates a printable template with all the details on it which they can cut out and glue together to form the finished cube.

Print these onto A3 coloured paper, add images and create a hanging mobile in your classroom or library.

“Summarizing information is an important postreading and prewriting activity that helps students synthesize what they have learned. This tool allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography. Specific prompts ask students to describe a person’s significance, background, and personality. The finished printout can be folded into a fun cube shape that can be used for future reference.”

 If you’d like some other ideas for using the Bio-Cube, have a look at the lesson plans for Yrs 3-12 at this site: