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

**Brick Math is FUN! Kids love learning with Brick Math!**

Brick Math helps students learn the K-6 math curriculum by modeling with LEGO® bricks. Specific math subjects include:

**Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division,**

**Basic Fractions, Basic Measurement, Fraction Multiplication, Fraction Division, Decimals,**and

**Advanced Measurement and Geometry.**

Brick Math is a modular program, so you can use any of the content areas to to work with your child. The materials are simple: a Teacher Guide with complete lesson plans for each content area, a companion Student Workbook that includes assessments and tracking, and a Brick Set. If you already own lots of bricks, use them!

We've found that Brick Math really works to teach students who are having trouble learning math in more traditional ways. For example, if your child just isn't catching on to fractions, try the Brick Math Basic Fractions, Fraction Multiplication, or Fraction Division—we think the tactile and visual nature of the method will make all the difference! When students are taught with Brick Math, they develop a deeper 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!

## VIDEO LESSONS

## brick math program components

Books are available as 8-1/2 x 11" paperbacks, or as downloadable PDFs.

For each content area, we recommend one Teacher Edition, plus one Student Edition for every student you are teaching. 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, use your own! You'll find the list of bricks needed in every book (it's the same for the whole program).

For each content area, we recommend one Teacher Edition, plus one Student Edition for every student you are teaching. 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, 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. STUDENT |
Great in a homeschool situation. PAT HENSLEY, SUCCESSFUL TEACHING BLOG |
Why doesn't everyone learn multiplication this way? STUDENT |

## EASY TO teach. EASY TO learn.

Use the lessons in the Teacher Edition for any math subject. Start by taking students through the

**Part 1: Show Them How**section of each chapter. Build the brick models, show them to the students, and ask students questions as directed. Be sure to use the math vocabulary for each lesson.Have students build the same models themselves so they are manipulating the bricks as you are guiding them. If possible, use a document camera to display your models as you build them.

Then have students draw their models and answer the questions in their companion Student Editions.

Once students have mastered the modeling processes from Part 1, move to the

Then have students draw their models and answer the questions in their companion Student Editions.

Once students have mastered the modeling processes from Part 1, move to the

**Part 2: Show What You Know**section of the chapter. Ask students to complete each of the problems, first by modeling with bricks and then drawing their models in the companion Student Edition.Checking that students are building their models correctly and that they understand the concepts behind the models.

## TRACKING AND ASSESSMENT

The Student Editions include an Assessment for every chapter, a chart to track each student's progress, and additional problems for practice and challenge.

## Brick sets

Brick Math brick sets, specially designed for the program, are packaged in sturdy divided storage boxes and can be used by one student or shared by two students. Two baseplates are included with each Brick Math brick set.
Each chapter lists the bricks suggested for the lessons in that chapter for every two students. Each book includes a total brick inventory that lists all the bricks suggested for the program. |

## tips FOR WORKING WITH BRICK MATH

- Before starting, have a conversation with the students about using bricks as a learning tool rather than a toy.
- Teach students the language of bricks (baseplate, stud, 1x1, 1x2, etc.).
- Do not teach with bricks—or any manipulative—every day. Students 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 desks, use foam shelf liner cut into rectangular sections or large meat trays (you can often get these free from a local supermarket).
- Active learning breeds active learners! Students will be motivated and engaged in math when they are using bricks. They will be full of chatter about math!

## RESEARCH-BASED

Brick Math 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 utilizing LEGO® bricks as the manipulative, adding elements of creativity and enjoyment to learning foundational mathematics.