Our Math Every Day contest inspired nearly 1,000 students who use Think Through Math in their classrooms, and those students in turn, inspired us. We are delighted to present another installment of our “Math Every Day Winner’s Showcase,” which highlights one student’s take on the use of his favorite childhood activity – Legos.
Math Every Day: Legos
By Alex, 8th Grade
Westbrook Intermediate School, Texas Education Agency
Lego’s, we have all come to know them as little blocks that can create large astounding creations, reminding us that there are no limits creativity. However, not only do Legos serve the purpose of making children laugh and imagine, they also serve the secret purpose of teaching us math every day. Although this claim may seem far-fetched, the more you think about it, the more you begin to realize that Legos really are hidden math lessons taught by none-other than yourself.
First off, there is the easy comparison how each piece is a part of the entire creation, so therefore each Lego piece represents a fraction of the entire creation. Then there is the other fraction relation, if one needed a two by four, than one could create this by combining two, two by twos. Each piece actually represents a fraction itself, for example if the two by four was the whole, than a two by two would be a half, a two by one, a fourth. These claims help support the fact that Legos can help represent fractions.
In addition, Legos can help represent multiplication. If you look at a two by two piece, you can see that there are four circles sticking up. If you see a two by six, you will see twelve circles sticking up. Overall looking at a Lego can teach you about multiplication by understanding the amount of circles on the piece.
Overall, Legos can teach us about about fractions, multiplication, and so much more. So next time you open up a box of Legos, think about the all the math you are about to do, because if you thought that math wasn’t very fun, think again.