Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Greater Than One
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 bricks in three colors, 16×16 plates
- Front-load fraction multiplication concepts.
- Give child a handful of bricks, a 16×16 plate, and a pair of dice.
- Child rolls both dice to make a fraction multiplier, smaller number on top, then notes it on their paper.
- Child rolls one die to determine the whole number multiplicand.
- Child counts out 1×2 bricks to create their fraction: x number of color A for the numerator and then enough of color B to make the total for the denominator.
- Child continues counting out fractions until they have as many as the multiplicand, then counts how many of color A they have total.
- Child then groups as many of color C as color A, according to the denominator, to find the result of their multiplication sentence; they should reduce if necessary.
- Ask child to create an explanation on how they are multiplying and visualizing the fractions so they can teach the process to others.
- Child should also explain the effects of multiplying by a number greater than 1 vs. less than.
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.