Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Every Brick Tells a Story
Use brick design to write the narrative of a story.
Child will be able to create an imaginary object or creature out of bricks and use it as the basis of a narrative.
How do I use my imagination to create something new with limited supplies?
How do I tell a story that moves the reader from the beginning to the end?
Paper and pencil
- Hand out bricks, asking the child to create something with them: “Make something! Can you make a tool? A creature? What else can you make? Is there a top of the brick? Which side is up? How can you put them together in unexpected ways?”
- Emphasize that there isn’t necessarily a “top” or “bottom,” and that child should think about the texture they like, etc.
- Allow time for child to build.
- When the child has finished building, ask: “What situation would this object be helpful in? Who uses it? If it’s a creature, what does it like to do?”
- Ask child to plan their stories: How does their story begin? What’s the situation? Who are the characters? What choice does a character need to make? How does another character respond to the choice in words and actions?
- Ask child to write the first draft of their stories. They may revise and publish as well as illustrate their story with a picture of their creation.
Video: Watch this Project in Action
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.