Brick Playbook: Parent Edition
Divide a Build
Explore division by breaking brick plates into smaller bricks.
Child will be able to understand the basics of division.
How can we better understand division of large groups of numbers?
16×16 plates, plates of other sizes (not 1×1 or 1×2)
- Ask child to use smaller plates to divide up a 16×16 plate by laying them next to each other and counting how many it takes to cover the whole plate.
- Ask: “How many small plates did it take to divide the larger plate?” “Do you have any remainder or studs left over?”
- Have child write out a division problem to reflect the model in front of them.
- Ask child to repeat the process above using a different-sized brick to cover the plates.
- Have child model this division problem as well, and ask them how it differs from the previous one.
- Child then calculates how many studs are on each plate, and writes a division sentence to show their math.
- Have child compare their model to the written math problems to check their work.
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.