Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
The Plots Thicken
Model coordinate planes and plot using bricks.
Child will be able to practice plotting points on a coordinate plane.
How might we plot points in a coordinate plane?
1x bricks of various sizes; two brick plates
- Ask child to create a horizontal number line extending in both – and + directions. Ask that the zero be a different color brick.
- Have child practice plotting numbers along this number line (a skill they should already have).
- Monitor child and check for misconceptions.
- Have child create a vertical number line using the same zero point and extending in both – and + directions.
- Child will have created an x-y coordinate system.
- Have child practice plotting on the horizontal and vertical axes separately to make sure they are able to identify each axis. You may choose to refer to these as vertical/horizontal, up-down/left-right, or as x and y.
- Once child gets the hang of things, provide them coordinates in pairs (x,y).
- As child plots each point, circulate and check for and correct misconceptions.
- Have child clear their graph of any previous points.
- Provide child a set of coordinates:
- (2,2) (-2,2) (2,-2) (-2,-2)
- Ask child to plot these points and reflect upon them.
- What is different about them?
- What happens to the point when a negative is added?
- Have child converse with you about coordinates, quadrants and signs.
- Have child translate their work onto conventional graph paper, with proper labels and coordinates and quadrants labeled.
- Provide additional problems on brick graph and paper graph, slowly scaffolding away from the brick graph.
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.