Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Create = Great
Use reasoning to defend engineering design choices.
Child will be able to create something and explain the choices they made in its design.
What choices do we make when we’re creative?
Why is it important to explain those choices?
Pencil and paper
- Begin by asking child about times they’ve been “creative.”
- Ask about what creativity is as well as how someone knows they’ve been “creative.” (Try to get across the idea that creativity isn’t just about making something “pretty,” but rather something that’s thoughtfully constructed, whatever its medium.)
- Ask child to explain some of the times they’ve been creative and the choices they’ve made to achieve their desired results.
- Child then builds something out of bricks. Hand out a relatively small pile of assorted bricks. This will result in child having some limits in executing their vision, which can in turn result in more creativity.
- Once child has created something, ask them to write a story about it.
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.