The joys of Sunday when you are teacher...I spent about 30 minutes sorting through my son's old Lego, pulling out the flat pieces to use in class this week.
What have we done with them? We are working on arrays. We've spent a couple of weeks focusing on picturing multiplication equations as 'groups of' the same size. At the end of last week, we started picturing multiplication equations as arrays.
So on Saturday, I was having a look on Pinterest (don't we all?), to see what ideas I could find to reinforce this idea.
Among many great ideas, there was using Lego blocks to create and solve arrays. My class has really enjoyed this, and it has been the perfect self-differentiating activity. I have some kids who are struggling with the idea of 2 x 4, while at the same time I have a couple of kiddos who are quite happily multiplying double digit numbers (crazy for P3, right?). But these Lego arrays have been good - the kids are able to create easy or hard arrays and solve them - it's up to them.
So here are the results of today's work in my 3 different groups:
By the last group, I realised I needed to get them to use black markers, so I could easily read their equations in my pictures. Tomorrow, this will be an independent station, so I've prepared a simple sheet for them to paste into their jotters, so they can write down (and be held accountable for!) the Lego equations they solve. If you'd like to use this idea, click on the picture below to get your own Lego equations sheet (I've copied it in greyscale, rather than colour).