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Welcome to my math blog! The purpose of this blog is to help you stay informed about our learning and experiences that have taken place during our math class. I have also included links your child (and you) may want to use in order to supplement math learning in 5th grade.

Monday, February 22, 2016

PBL: Perimeter, Area, and Volume with Legos

The set of activities I combined to create my lesson on using Lego bricks to model perimeter, area, and volume are an amalgamation of three lessons I found on the internet.

The first lesson I found came from "Teaching in Room 6" and was called:  Legos + Volume = Awesome!

The second lesson came from a blog titled "The Reflective Educator" and was called:  Lego and Minecraft in Math.

However, it was the final blog that I found while attending TCEA that helped me design a PBL lesson that combined my TEKS with the use of Lego bricks.  The blog is titled "David Lee:  EdTech.org" and the lesson was called:  Minecraft in Education.  

Using these three blogs/lessons, I was able to create a blended learning lesson that I created using Blendspace (www.tes.com).

Today, we focused on the first 4 boxes of the blendspace activity.  Using the information provided, my students found the basic footprint for the home they were to design.  By the end of class they had:

  1. Labeled the x- and y-axis of their grid paper.
  2. Numbered their grids.
  3. Created a scale explaining that 1 square was equivalent to 1 square meter.
  4. They used calculators to find an area for their footprint between 150-250 meters squared.
  5. Drawn the perimeter of the "home".
  6. Labeled the dimensions.
  7. Found and labeled the area.
We did finish off our day with a Countdown to STAAR.

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