Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Explore the world of matter through brick assembly and dissasembly.
Child will understand that matter is made up of parts of things and that those parts can be disassembled to make something new. Child will be able to describe how they created something and then built something new using the same parts.
How does matter combine to make something new?
How can it break apart and be rebuilt?
Paper and pencil for writing
A handful of random pieces
- Ask child if they know what matter is. If they don’t, explain that it is the scientific word for what everything is made of; and that some matter occurs naturally and some is manufactured.
- Ask child if they can name some different types of matter, and then whether each type is natural or manufactured. Create a T-chart of the two types.
- Pass out about 20 or so bricks (a good handful, and can be fairly random) or a large pile, asking:
- What kind of matter (natural or manufactured) are the bricks?
- How do the bricks go together? Is there only one option, like a puzzle? (Answer: There are many ways to put them together, which is how matter works.)
- How do the bricks function if you make something flat? What about if you make something more three dimensional?
- Ask child to build something with the 20 bricks.
- After building, child should write 3-4 sentences explaining what they built and how they chose their bricks. (Collect unused bricks while the child is writing.)
- Child then takes apart their bricks, keeping the same pile, and builds something new.
- When completed, ask child to write 3-4 more sentences explaining how they used the same pieces to build something different.
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.