Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Vector-y is Ours
Use bricks to investigate vector addition.
Child will be able to use SOHO Bricks as manipulatives to add and subtract vectors.
How might we add and subtract vectors of varying directions?
1×1 bricks of different colors
- Provide child with 1×1 SOHO bricks in various colors.
- Ask child to construct several vectors of various magnitude and direction (“4 bricks to the right” “7 bricks to the left”).
- Ask child to solve several vector addition problems using their bricks to model the vector additions (it is a good idea to start with same-direction vectors and then proceed to opposite-direction vectors).
- Have child write brief explanations of how their vector addition prob
- Provide more rigorous problems to child by giving them horizontal and vertical vector problems that can be modeled on graph paper.
- Ask child to develop a method for determining how to add these vectors together.
- Work with child on developing the parallelogram rule and using tip-to-tail methods of lining up vectors.
- Child should practice solving problems visually, as well as numerically.
- Provide child with problem sets to practice adding and subtracting a series of vector problems that can be solved numerically and with graphing.
- Child should also demonstrate graphically how vectors a+b = b+a.
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.