Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Bricks In Fraction
Explore equivalent fractions with bricks.
Child will be able to visually represent equivalent fractions by overlapping different sizes of bricks.
How do fractions with different denominators relate to each other?
Paper and pencil for labeling
16×16 plates; 1×2, 2×2, 2×4, 2×8, 1×3, 1×4, 1×6 bricks
- Have child lay out enough bricks to cover two rows of a 16×16 plate, using each type of brick (e.g., two 2×8 bricks and sixteen 1×2 bricks).
- Ask child to place their plates on a sheet of paper and label each row: 1 whole, 2/2, 4/4, etc.
- Ask child to find various equivalent fractions, such as 1/2 and 2/4.
- Ask child to solve a few addition and subtraction problems with common denominators.
- Ask child to use their boards to show the pieces for their fractions.
- Have child develop an explanation and reasoning for the correct addition/subtraction of the problems, using the bricks as evidence.
Project 1 Build a Bar Chart
The world around is plentiful. Let's quantify it by building bar graphs.
Project 2 Bricks Measure Up
Design and create rulers to develop an understanding of the basic principles of measurement.
Project 4 Define Your Perimeters
Develop floor plans of your home or school and develop methods to measure perimeter.
Project 7 Bricks… They’re Multiplyin’
Explore the basics of multiplication and the communiative property with bricks.
Project 15 Not Just One Direction
Explore the properties of subtraction and how they differ from addition.
Project 24 Unidentified Objects
Make observations about materials and their properties that make them unique.
Project 32 Building Out Of The Box
Bricks are used to quantify and solve equations and inequalities.
Project 35 Hold The (Number) Line
Explore the directionality of numbers represented by positives and negatives.