Same & Different: Cubes All Around

Look at the two pictures. What do you notice?

A: A rectangle measures 5 red and 5 white cubes by 5 red and 1 white cube. B: A rectangle measures 5 red cubes and 3 white cubes on all 4 sides.
  1.  How are pictures A and B mathematically the same, and how are they different?
    • A and B are the same because…
    • A and B are different because…
  2. Draw, make, or describe a third picture of cubes around a shape. Explain how your picture is the same as pictures A and B, and how it is different.