Help your child learn K-6 math with Brick Math: Teaching Math Using LEGO® Bricks

Brick Math helps students learn K-6 math by modeling with LEGO® bricks. There are 11 different math subjects in Brick Math:

The materials are simple and inexpensive: each math subject has a Teacher Guide with complete lesson plans, plus a companion Student Workbook that includes assessments and tracking. There is one Brick Set that works for the whole program. But if you already own lots of LEGO® bricks, use them!

We've found that Brick Math really helps kids who are having trouble learning math. For example, if your child just isn't catching on to fractions, try Brick Math Basic Fractions, Fraction Multiplication, or Fraction Division—when your child can see and feel the math, it can make all the difference! Students who learn with Brick Math develop a real understanding of the concepts that are the foundation of true mathematical knowledge.

Read FAQs to learn more about Brick Math.

**.**Brick Math is FUN! Kids love learning with Brick Math!Brick Math helps students learn K-6 math by modeling with LEGO® bricks. There are 11 different math subjects in Brick Math:

**Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Basic Fractions, Basic Measurement, Fraction Multiplication, Fraction Division, Decimals, and Advanced Measurement and Geometry. Typically, kids learn Counting, Addition, and Subtraction in K - 2 grade. In grades 3 - 4, they learn Multiplication, Division, Basic Fractions, and Basic Measurement. In grades 5 - 6, kids learn Fraction Multiplication, Fraction Division, Advanced Measurement and Geometry, and Decimals.**The materials are simple and inexpensive: each math subject has a Teacher Guide with complete lesson plans, plus a companion Student Workbook that includes assessments and tracking. There is one Brick Set that works for the whole program. But if you already own lots of LEGO® bricks, use them!

We've found that Brick Math really helps kids who are having trouble learning math. For example, if your child just isn't catching on to fractions, try Brick Math Basic Fractions, Fraction Multiplication, or Fraction Division—when your child can see and feel the math, it can make all the difference! Students who learn with Brick Math develop a real understanding of the concepts that are the foundation of true mathematical knowledge.

Read FAQs to learn more about Brick Math.

**Brick Math**makes learning math fun!

## Training Videos

## What you need to start using Brick Math:

Books are 8-1/2 x 11" paperbacks.

For each math subject, you'll need one Teacher Edition for you to use, plus one Student Edition for every student to write in. The Brick Set has all the bricks you need, organized in a divided plastic storage box with two baseplates, but if you already have plenty of bricks and don't mind sorting them, you can use your own! You'll find the list of bricks needed in every book (it's the same for the whole program).

For each math subject, you'll need one Teacher Edition for you to use, plus one Student Edition for every student to write in. The Brick Set has all the bricks you need, organized in a divided plastic storage box with two baseplates, but if you already have plenty of bricks and don't mind sorting them, you can use your own! You'll find the list of bricks needed in every book (it's the same for the whole program).

"I finally understand math.
I can see it!" Student |
"Great in a homeschool situation."
Pat Hensley, SUCCESSFUL TEACHING Blog |
"Why doesn't everyone learn multiplication this way?"
Student |

## Easy to teach. Fun to learn.

No special training is needed for parents to begin teaching with Brick Math in a homeschool setting. The Teacher Editions include all the information need to guide students through the step-by-step lessons.

Use the Teacher Edition for any of the eleven math subjects. Start with the

**Part 1: Show Them How**section of each chapter. Build the brick models, show them to the student, and discuss the math as directed.Have your student build the same models, then draw those models and answer the questions in the companion Student Edition.

Once your student has mastered Part 1, move to the

Once your student has mastered Part 1, move to the

**Part 2: Show What You Know**section of the chapter. Have your student complete each of the problems, first by modeling with bricks and then drawing their models in the companion Student Edition.Check that your student is building the models correctly and understanding the math.

## Tracking Progress and Assessing Learning

The Student Editions include: an Assessment for every chapter to be sure your student has learned the material, a chart to track your student's progress, and extra problems for practice and challenge.

## Brick Sets

Brick Math Brick Sets are specially designed for the program. The 250 LEGO®-compatible bricks are packaged in sturdy divided storage boxes and are the right number and size bricks for every math subject in the Brick Math program. Two baseplates for building brick models are included with each Brick Math Brick Set.
In the Teacher Edition lesson books, every chapter has a list of the specific bricks needed to teach the lessons in that chapter. All the Teacher and Student Editions include a total brick inventory that lists all 250 bricks needed for the entire Brick Math K-6 program. |

## Tips for Working with Brick Math

- Before starting Brick Math, have a conversation with your student about using bricks as a learning tool rather than a toy.
- Teach your student the language of bricks (baseplate, stud, 1x1, 1x2, etc.).
- Do not teach with bricks—or any manipulative—every day. Kids also need to think through the math processes without a physical model.
- To keep bricks clean, put them in a hosiery bag and wash on the top rack of the dishwasher. Let them air dry.
- To keep bricks from sliding off a table, use foam shelf liner cut into rectangular sections or large meat trays (you can often get these free from a local supermarket).

## Research-Based

Brick Math was developed by Dr. Shirley Disseler, Assistant Professor at High Point University. She is the foremost expert in the US on learning math with LEGO® bricks. The Brick Math method is based on theories of Constructionism and brain research. Numerous studies have shown the effectiveness of teaching math using manipulatives to incorporate a hands-on style. Brick Math builds on this body of research by using LEGO® bricks as the manipulative, adding elements of creativity and enjoyment to learning math.