Using Lego in Maths Class

With only a few weeks to go until the end of another school year, our main goal is to keep the students interested and engaged - so we did LEGO maths all week!

Even though we teach Grade 3/4, whenever it is wet day timetable the first thing to come out is the Lego. My teaching partner and I planned a series of lesson that would incorporate Lego, technology, maths skills and a bit of technical thinking.

Lesson 1 - Legoland
We introduced the design brief that Legoland was looking at building a new attraction and wanted us to design on. We showed them a map of Legoland on the IWB and discussed the types of attractions they already have. Students were excited by the chance to design their own and discussed their ideas in small groups. They then did a little sketch in their maths workbooks showing approximate dimensions of the attraction and their ideas.

Lesson 2 & 3 - Legoland
Students then either used BlockCAD (free download from the internet) or Lego pieces to create their designs. Many children altered their design as they worked, changing their original design as creativity came to them!

Lesson 4 & 5 - Legoland
After they designed their attraction, students worked out the surface area, perimeter and volume of the attraction as the builders of Legoland needed to know how much space it would take up. Then children made a poster with a photo and their information (sorry, I forgot to take a photo).

Lesson 6 - Measurement
We used Lego to practise our measuring skills. We found something in the room and guessed how many Lego blocks would weigh the same as the object (always estimate first). Then we used balance scales to count the exact number of blocks.

We then estimated the weight of the object and used kitchen scales to weight the object. 

It was a busy week working on our Legoland projects - it kept children on task, thinking and motivated in the lead up to Christmas!


Currently December

Sorry there is no Maths Game Monday post today - time has got on top of me this week!

I did have done to link up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for my currently!

There isn't much going on the TV at the moment, not worth commenting anyway - the air conditioner, well it was too hot for my liking today. 

Here's a picture of my advent calendar - I saw it last year, but then I had a gift card and 30% off, I just had to buy it! Our little Christmas decoration for this year is a nutcracker - we buy a new one every year - We just haven't got to decorating the tree quite yet.
As usual, I am trying to do too much and need more time, a sleep in and need it to be Friday.... overwhelmed!

My Mum always makes pecan pie and my brother always makes a lemon meringue pie on Christmas Day. We don't traditionally eat pies at Christmas in Australia, usually we have pudding instead, but Dad loves pie and so do we! It's the American in us!

Head on over and you can link up too!

Did you know TPT is having a sale at the moment? Use the code "CYBER" and you could save 28% off resources. Time to stock up for next year!
Thanks to Clever Classroom for the cute button
Here are some of my resources you might like heading into Christmas...

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