During the lesson, we identified familiar vocabulary in geometry with the students - square, sides, corners. With cubes the students had in the classroom, Gina and I introduced the terms faces and edges (we purposefully saved vertices for a future exploration). It was great to see the students work flexibly with the task of taking the 2D design of 6 squares with connecting sides and turning it into a 3D cube with square faces and edges. The students had a lot of fun designing their cubes - some were dies and fortune tellers.
Extending the learning. As an instructional coach, I love the opportunities I get to think about how to apply, synthesize, evaluate, and analyze their learning.
Pro Tip: When you have students creating cubes, direct them to put the scraps from the paper inside the cube. This will give the cube some weight and also help keep its shape.