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**Objective:**

Child will create SOHO Brick monsters of their own design and will compare their features using ratios.

**Essential Question:**

How might we use mathematics to describe and compare the relationships between different things?

**Special Materials:**

Pen/pencil and paper, markers or colored pencils

Bricks Required:

All

**Project Structure**

**Engage/Explain:**

- Tell child that today they will be using SOHO bricks to engage in creative play by designing Brick Monsters of their choosing.
- Ask child to take out a sheet of paper and begin designing what they would like their monster to look like.
- Remind them to think about the monster’s features:
- How many eyes will it have? Arms, feet, tails, tentacles, claws, etc.
- Child can make notes of their features on the side.

- Child ought to draw their creation.

- Remind them to think about the monster’s features:

**Explore:**

- Provide time for child to use SOHO Bricks and to design their monsters.
- Set a time limit for your child to build so they stay on task.
- Adjust this time as you see fit.

- Ask child to create a table of features for their SOHO Monsters.
- Tabulate features by name and quantity.

- Consider getting involved by building a SOHO Monster as well.

**Explain:**

- Provide child with the definition of a ratio:
- A ratio expresses a relationship between two quantities.

- Ask child to look at your SOHO Monster and write down a ratio of features from your monster.
- Have child share ratios that they came up with.
- This may be a struggle at first as they may not quite know what you are asking them.
- Facilitate the feedback they give you to work towards an example of a ratio from your monster.
- Once the first one is done, child will be able to generate others more quickly.
- Through child-generated examples, help facilitate the use of language and written forms to express ratios.

- Ask child to look at their monsters and generate and write down as many ratios as they can think of.