Happy 2023! Let's start the new year off with a lesson that helps students discover the formula for the perimeter of a regular shape. It's from Brick Math's Advanced Measurement and Geometry Using LEGO® Bricks.
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In the lesson, the teacher starts by modeling a rectangle with four bricks. Then the teacher leads the students through several steps until they discover the formula for perimeter of any regular rectangle, including squares. In this way, students learn how to calculate perimeter as well as why the formula for perimeter always works for a rectangle.
This lesson is a wonderful example of the power of Brick Math to help students learn math in a deeper way. Rather than simply memorizing formulas, students develop true understanding of why the math works. They build foundations for their future math knowledge.
Brick Math is a K-6 math curriculum that uses LEGO® bricks to model 11 different math subjects: Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Basic Fractions, Basic Measurement, Fraction Multiplication, Fraction Division, Advanced Measurement and Geometry, and Decimals. It works for homeschooling, math intervention, enrichment, and as a whole-school program. Materials are simple and affordable.
If you teach math or have a student at home who is learning K - 6th grade math, check brickmath.com. The website includes videos for both teacher training and direct instruction of students. You can learn more about how Brick Math improves students' math test scores and hear what people who are using Brick Math have to say about the program.