The September 2021 Brick Math Lesson of the Month teaches addition using ten-frames to model the math. To get the September 2021 Lesson of the Month, plus a new lesson each month, click here.
Since our number system is based on 10, ten-frames are a great way to teach addition within a general framework of the number 10. They really help students "see" more than and less than 10, which is vital for building conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction.
This basic lesson demonstrates adding 3 + 4 = 7, using two ten-frames to model the problem, and a third ten-frame to show the result. Notice that when modeling on a ten-frame, it helps to build the answer as a full row of 5 studs and a second partial row of 2 studs. This further reinforces the concept of the ten-frame.
Two videos are included with this lesson of the month. In the first video, author Dr. Shirley Disseler shows how to build ten-frames with bricks, and in the second video, she demonstrates this lesson. Watching Dr. Disseler teach Brick Math lessons is a great way to get comfortable teaching lessons to your student(s).
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 affordable.
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.