LEGO blocks are commonly used to build colorful structures, but they can also effectively help kids with their math skills. According to school teacher Alycia Zimmerman, these plastic blocks allow students to develop their spatial and proportional awareness in a creative manner. Since LEGOs are marked with studs that are typically grouped in twos, children can easily count the studs and later learn to recognize the arrangements without counting them all. This not only makes math concepts understandable for young students, it also provides them with a fun, hands-on learning experience.
Even in high schools and colleges, advanced LEGO kits can be utilized in classes such as robotics and computer programming. For her particular third grade class, Zimmerman has students practice a few, simple examples to get her point across. These lessons can be seen below.
Part vs. Whole:
Exploring Mean, Median, Mode, and Range:
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