A Simple Way to Teach Fractions Using LEGO [Pic]


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15 Responses to A Simple Way to Teach Fractions Using LEGO [Pic]

    • Thought so too but looking at the way 1/4 + 3/4 is represented the last one would just be 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 which it is not. The 1 whole would still be the red (or blue in the beginning) but 4/4 represents all 3 states. If that makes sense..

  1. Not using the same colour for the whole is the right thing to do. When we teach maths, we do not want to associate ‘whole’ with ‘red’ – this will cause confusion later. Rather, we are looking at shape and pattern to understand that ‘four of these makes one of those’.

  2. Actually when I was homeschooled as a teen there was a product that was essentially legos that taught various forms of math.I loved it since I was a lego geek at the time.

  3. I can’t believe I’m the one replying here to provide this information (as I am not British), but “maths” is a British shorthand way of saying mathematics (instead of the American way “math”), so what he said was correct. There are many different types of mathematics (algebra, calculus, algebraic topology, etc…) so a plural shorthand makes sense.
    To see this use in action, here is a funny as shit cartoon about Pythagoras:

  4. response to previous comment re: ‘maths’ — that term simply indicates that the speaker speaks British English rather than the American dialect. There is nothing inherently ‘wrong’ with saying ‘maths’ anymore than there would be with calling something a ‘lift’ rather than an √©levator’.

  5. If you want a child to have a grasp of fractions, get them an ANALOG watch for their first watch. This gives them the concepts of 1/2, 1/4 instinctively; teaches them to see time as something dynamic, not just a set of numbers; and explains clockwise and counter-clockwise.

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