Using CUBES Math Strategies in the Classroom with 5 Adorable Posters

CUBES math strategies

The education world is constantly adding new acronyms! One that deserves some recognition is the CUBES math strategies. These strategies are perfect for kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students. The concept will have your students solving math problems with confidence and flair. If you aren’t sure what these strategies are, I’ll show you and provide you with some exciting posters to use as well.

CUBES math strategies

What is CUBES?

CUBES is not just another ordinary math strategy; it’s an acronym that stands for Circle the numbers, Underline the question, Box the keywords, Evaluate, and Solve! By using these CUBES math strategies, students will be able to solve any math problem placed in front of them.

Why is CUBES important?

Now, you might be thinking, “Why should I bring CUBES into my classroom?” Well, CUBES is more than just a fun acronym—it’s an essential tool that helps build problem-solving skills, encourages critical thinking, and boosts overall math proficiency in our young learners. Here are some of the reasons it is so important.

  1. Guiding Their Focus: CUBES guides students in breaking down math problems step by step. By circling the numbers and underlining the question, they learn to identify the key parts of the problem, helping them stay focused on what needs to be solved.
  2. Keyword Power: Boxing the keywords gives students clarity! By identifying and highlighting the important terms or actions in a problem, students gain a better understanding of what the problem is truly asking.
  3. Finding the Right Strategy: With CUBES, students learn to evaluate the problem and decide on the most suitable strategy. Whether it’s counting, drawing pictures, using manipulatives, or using number bonds, they’ll have tons of strategies to choose from!
  4. Simple Solutions: Finally, CUBES empowers students to solve the problem step by step, leading them to that “aha!” moment when the math magic happens! From addition and subtraction to multiplication and division, CUBES encourages a systematic approach that boosts accuracy and confidence.

CUBES Math Strategies Posters

I have created some exciting CUBES Math Posters you can use with your students to remind them about these strategies. Choose from a Calm Pastel Set with soft colors and inviting visuals or a Hey Lisa! set with vibrant colors and patterns that catch the eye.

CUBES math strategies
The Calm Pastel CUBES Math Strategies Posters are a perfect for a classroom with a soft glow!

Both sets come with the five CUBES hearts posters and editable posters to add your text. Use the strategy posters included or edit them to meet your needs. Then, print student versions so they can keep the CUBES math strategies in their binders or desks for reference. With these visual aids, they’ll be mastering their math problems in no time.

CUBES math strategies
The Hey Lisa! CUBES Math Strategies will help students visualize what they need to be doing during the math block.

CUBES is the key to unlocking the excitement of math in your classrooms! Introducing this playful and engaging strategy’ll empower your students to conquer all math problems. So, go ahead and bring the joy of CUBES into your math lessons—watch your students’ eyes light up with mathematical brilliance and witness the wonders of their math skills unfolding before your very eyes! Let’s make math an adventure they’ll never forget!

Be sure also to check out the entire Calm Pastel Bundle and the whole Hey Lisa! Classroom Bundle. Both sets come with 5000+ pages of classroom bulletin boards, posters, labels, printables, digital files, and more. There are alphabet posters, math posters, decorations, class schedules, growth mindset charts, and anything else you can think of for the elementary classroom.

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Stephanie Nash

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