Lauren Hodson | November 2016

ELA Artwork Inspired Dice: Origami Cubes

I love games and utilizing the power of play in the classroom. I also like asking students to embrace randomness. Origami is a wonderful way to integrate art and math, but what if we added some ELA elements as well? I will explain how to use Modular Origami Sonobe Cubes to create an ELA Artwork Inspired Dice.

ELA Artwork Inspired Dice, Education Closet


  • Break students into at least 3 groups.
  • Math/Art: Create Modular Origami Sonobe Cubes. Find Instructions HERE
  • Problem Solving: Students work together to assemble the cubes using problem-solving skills.
  • Brainstorm: As a class, create a list of nouns, adjectives, and verbs
  • Write: Write four of each category (Noun, Adjective, Verb) on the sides of the die or dice.
  • Play: Roll the three die and create a sentence. Students can pick from the words available.

Example: A spiky hippo dancing. Adjective = Spiky Noun = Hippo Verb = Dancing

Art: Students create a sentence and then illustrates it. Discuss what makes something look gooey, spiky, tough, smart, etc. Then talk about how to create movement in your illustrations. How does something look as though it is dancing?

How do I use this?

  • Each student can create a page that can be compiled into a book. Many illustrations can be done and many books can be made. Older students can offer to read these books to younger students in the school or donate the books to classrooms.
  • Students can roll the dice a few times and create shorter and quicker drawings.  Give students 3 minutes for each drawing and roll the dice a few times during a class. Then have students pick one of their favorite combinations to create a more detailed and complete illustration.
  • The dice can be filled with a variety of information and be used for many content areas or specific skills.

Helpful Links

  • Arts Integrated ELA Lesson Seeds HERE
  • Mathematical Thinking and Creativity Align HERE

How do you use games in your classroom like this ELA Artwork Inspired Dice?

About the Author

Lauren Hodson is a middle school visual and computer art educator in Plymouth, Massachusetts. As a mentor teacher and professional development presenter, Lauren is passionate about creativity and making art accessible for everyone. Her passions in STEAM and Arts Integration are at the root of her goal to collaborate with classroom teachers everywhere.