Lego is probably one of the most greatest things that anybody has came up with. They can be used to build rockets, you can create all sorts of structures, and they can even be used for educational purposes, so we have recently discovered. Maths can now be made simpler with the help of tiny colourful bricks.
A third-grade maths teacher from New York named Alycia Zimmerman has been using Lego blocks to teach her 9 to 10-year-old kids about fractions, square numbers, and other math concepts that can be tricky to grasp.
Fractions are simply explained like this:
In an article that she wrote for Scholastic, Alycia said, “‘In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative. Fractions always seem to trip up my students.”
She also explained that “the only way to combat fraction-mayhem is to provide students with a LOT of opportunities to experience fractions with tangible objects.”
The Lego blocks are also used to help the children with visualizing square numbers.
They also come in handy when explaining mean, median, mode and range.
“When finding the mean (arithmetic average), students quickly learn to add all of the data and then divide the total by the number of data points. But very few students fully understand why they do this add-then-divide dance to find the mean,” Alycia explains. “While evening out Lego towers of varying heights, students have a first-hand experience of what ‘mean’ means.”
So, there we have it. Another reason why every household should have lego blocks in their home. Simply amazing!