Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
A Roll of the Brick
Complete fraction multiplication with the assistance of bricks.
Child will be able to use bricks for beginning fraction multiplication.
When multiplying whole numbers by a fraction, how can we visualize the mathematics?
Dice, pencil and paper
1×2 or 2×2 bricks, 16×16 plates
Engage/Explain: Front-load fraction multiplication concepts.
- Give child a handful of bricks, a 16×16 plate, and a pair of dice.
- Child rolls the dice to make a fraction, with smaller number on top, then notes it on their paper. If the fraction needs reducing, child should do so.
- Child rolls the dice again, adds the dice together to determine the whole number, and counts out that many bricks.
- Ask child to multiply their fraction by the whole number, using the bricks to create groups according to the denominator of the fraction (e.g., if the fraction is ⅘, child divides the bricks into five equal groups). If the bricks can’t be divided evenly by the denominator, the dice should be rolled again to get a new multiplicand.
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
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Project 35 Hold The (Number) Line
Explore the directionality of numbers represented by positives and negatives.