Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
State of the Brick
Use bricks to investigate the law of conservation of matter.
Child will understand the basics of conservation of matter.
What happens when matter changes?
Is anything lost?
Does its weight change?
A scale and/or a laser thermometer, pencil and paper for notes
6×8 plates; 1×2, 1×4, & 1×6 bricks
- Ask child what they know regarding what happens when matter is heated or cooled or mixed together.
- Child may already be familiar with water breaking a jar when it’s frozen (cooled) or the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar.
- Explain that the total weight of the matter never changes in any of these situations.
- Explain that child will see how that works today by building with bricks representing the molecules.
- Give child plates and bricks to build a hollow box.
- Size is not too important, but probably no more than five bricks high;
- The walls should not have any gaps or holes.
- When child is finished, ask them about the properties of the box.
- Child should weigh, measure, and take the temperature of their creation, taking notes on all the measurements.
- Child then disassembles their box and reassembles it into a different-shaped box, still with no gaps.
- Child weighs, measures, and takes the temperature again. Child should notice that the only measurement that changed significantly is the size.
- Child then puts their box in ice water and the sun, and then takes the temperature and weighs it again, taking notes on all the measurements.
- Ask child how rebuilding the box is similar to what happens with water when it turns to steam and then condenses back to water.
- Extend the idea to other types of materials as well.
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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
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Project 35 Hold The (Number) Line
Explore the directionality of numbers represented by positives and negatives.