Happy New Year! The Brick Math Lesson of the Month for January 2021 teaches students the basics of addition using LEGO® bricks. It's a simple, yet very effective, way to show students what it means to add two numbers together. Try it with the numbers shown in the lesson, and then use the same technique with other numbers until your students fully comprehend the meaning of addition.
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Try this with your students, at home or in the classroom (or in the virtual classroom). The Brick Math system of representing numbers with LEGO® bricks is the perfect way to introduce students to the concept of addition. If your students are very young, you could use the same technique with larger DUPLO® bricks.
The lesson starts with the Teacher's Lesson Guide. All the steps for teaching students how to model the numbers 3 and 4 are included. Then the lesson shows students how to model the addition of those two numbers and find the sum. The corresponding pages from the Student Workbook follow, with space for the student to write responses as well as draw the models they have built.
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 well for homeschooling, math intervention, enrichment, and as a whole-school program. Materials are simple and are not shared between students. It adapts easily to online instruction.
If you teach math or have a student at home who is learning 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 student math test scores and hear what people who are using Brick Math have to say about the program.
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