Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Use various methods to find the area of irregular shape objects.
Child will be able to find the area of an irregular shape using various methods (counting, breaking design into colors).
What strategies can we use to find the area of an irregular shape?
Paper and pencil for recording data
16×16 plates, various bricks for “drawing” an image
- Give child a 16×16 plate and additional bricks of various colors and sizes. Ask child to make a two-dimensional design using the bricks, which can be abstract or representational. You may wish to limit child to choosing three or four colors
- Discuss the concept of area, talking about counting studs, or using the arrays found in rectangles. Demonstrate this using your own creation.
- Child can find area in various ways, and should keep track of their data:
- Area of the whole image
- Area of the unused part of the 16×16 plate
- Area of each color they used
- Encourage child to look for patterns in their creation. Do they tend to use the same brick size a few times? What colors do they use? etc.
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.