I just discovered this fabulous website called Boy Mama Teacher Mama: a site dedicated to raising boys and so much more. And on it I found this amazing strategy to use Legos for teaching so many different math concepts.
One of my favorite ideas she wrote about was to assign a monetary value to select Lego pieces. Then challenge students to create specific structures using the least amount of money possible. There are so many variations with this idea, so many other ways to challenge your class:
- Try to build a structure with a smaller monetary value than your first one.
- Try making a structure with a larger monetary value than your first one.
- Pick a specific amount of money and have students build a structure that adds up to that exact amount.
- Give each student a ten dollar "Lego Buck" and tell everyone to buy what they need and and then figure out the change.