Teacher Uses LEGO To Help Teach Math

What childhood would be complete without playtime with LEGO? The classic children's building toy is manufactured by The LEGO Group, but its history dates all the way back to the workshop of a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen. A carpenter living in Denmark, Christiansen's workshop was where LEGO was first conceived. Making wooden toys for years, Christiansen eventually would name his company LEGO after the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well.”

Since that time, LEGO has been praised by many as one of the best toys for children. In addition to encouraging creative skills and divergent thinking, LEGO also helps foster motor skills, hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.

To add to LEGO's long list of benefits to children, Alycia Zimmerman has used them as part of her lesson plan to teach kids math. As a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, Alycia is always looking for great ways to help kids wrap their heads around difficult concepts. Her creative method is surely more interesting and engaging than reading out of a textbook.

A very simple chart like this can do wonders to help kids learn about fractions. When one eight-pegged block is a whole, it is easy to see what would be the appropriate fraction.

Learning things for the first time is challenging for some, but the basic concepts of wholes and parts is more easily explained like this:


With this understanding in place, addition and subtraction of fractions makes a lot more sense.

The concept can also be extended beyond the basic eight-pegged block ...

… And extended even further.

Using larger pieces as wholes, it becomes easier to display how equivalent fractions work.

With a diagram like this, kids can easily see how a single 1/6 piece is the equivalent of 2 pieces that are 1/12 ...


… Or 4/24.

This method of teaching isn't only limited to fractions. When each peg is counted as a whole, it is also a great tool for learning multiplication and exponents.

To learn more about Alycia's great learning method, check out her amazing write-up of it.

Via: Bored Panda | Scholastic

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