New year, new FREE Brick Math Lesson of the Month! For January 2020, the lesson is from Subtraction Using LEGO® Bricks Teacher and Student Editions. The lesson teaches students about subtracting within 20, and utilizes the modeling technique of tenframes to help students begin to understand the power of our number system that is based on 10. The tenframe is built with a 2x5 configuration of bricks. Two easy ways to build a tenframe are to use either a 2x4 and a 1x2 brick, or to use a 2x3 and a 2x2 brick. Just make sure those bricks are the same color, so the 2x5 configuration of the tenframe is all one color. Then the subtraction is modeled on top of the tenframe. There are two examples in this lesson to demonstrate subtraction using this method: the first one shows 6  4 = 2; the second one, which uses two tenframes to model, shows 12  8 = 4. Try this lesson with your students who are learning the concept of subtraction. You'll only need a few LEGO® or compatible bricks to model both problems, and you'll help your students "see the math"! Sign up here for the FREE Brick Math Lesson of the Month for January and you'll automatically receive a new lesson every month.
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Happy holidays to all! Here's our present to you: A brandnew Brick Math Lesson of the Month! For December, we have a lesson from Addition Using LEGO® Bricks. The lesson helps students learn two important concepts: 1. How to model place values with bricks 2. How to model addition using those place value models This is a great way to teach students about place values. The lesson models the ones with 1x1 bricks, the tens with 1x2 bricks, and the hundreds with 1x3 bricks. Once students understand how to model numbers using place values, it’s a short step to learning how to add using place values. The lesson of the month gives the stepbystep lesson from the Teacher’s Edition first, and then shows the corresponding pages in the Student Edition that students will complete as they learn. To receive this Lesson of the Month and be registered to get a new one every month, click here. The second edition of Basic Fractions Using LEGO® Bricks has just been published! This edition has even more ways to teach students about fractions than before. The first edition of Teaching Fractions Using LEGO® Bricks was the very first book written in the 22book Brick Math series. Author Dr. Shirley Disseler went back to this bestselling book and thought it was time for an update. The second edition has lots of new illustrations of the brick models as well as several new chapters with content that was not included in the original book. Here's what's new in this second edition:
Right now, until December 15, the Brick Math FREE Lesson of the Month is from the Basic Fractions book, and it shows how to teach students to compare and order fractions, using the fantastic "fraction train" method. To download the free lesson, click here. Starting today, you can receive a FREE Brick Math lesson every month! You'll be able to download a PDF that includes the teacher instructions for a lesson, plus the student pages that go along with the lesson. It's a great way to try out the Brick Math program with your students. Once you've signed up, you'llreceive a new Brick Math lesson every month. This month, the lesson is from Basic Measurement Using LEGO® Bricks, and it's about "Coin Values." You'll use bricks to model the values of coins: pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. It's a simple, yet very effective, way to help students comprehend the value of each coin and how the coins relate to each other. Typically, students learn about coin values in Kindergarten or first grade. Click here to sign up now for the monthly free lesson plans + student pages to build your Brick Math library! 
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