Math can be daunting to many homeschooling families. Here are some fun ways to inspire your students to learn fractions with Legos and (of course) pizza!
Fractions use to scare me until I became a homeschooling mom. Even as an older adult I couldn't understand what they were and how to even simplify! Being the visual and tactile learner that I am, learning fractions with food has been a lifesaver! Not only is it fun to teach - but the kids have a blast as well! Before we begin here are some fraction terminology and printable resources to help inspire your students.
• PROPER FRACTIONS
• IMPROPER FRACTIONS
• MIXED FRACTIONS
• WHOLE NUMBER
LEGO FRACTION IDEAS
Here are some ideas to teach your students ways to learn fractions with Legos.
We recommend using what you have! It is the simplest way to teach without all the frills or prep work. Clear the table and set up a bowl of legos. Here are some of our ideas to help you get inspired:
count how many pieces you have and determine what your whole part will be. Maybe you want to start off with 10 pieces to make it easy. Or make it more challenging for older students.
sort your whole number by color and determine what part (fraction) each color is.
build a creation, determine how many pieces you used and which fraction is each color.
BRICK MATH SERIES:
This company is a great resource if you want teacher guides, workbooks and also free samples and videos. We have given you their links below to cover fractions but we encourage you to check out their website! www.brickmathseries.com
Basic math fractions sample (teacher edition) - https://www.brickmathseries.com/uploads/7/1/0/2/7102647/basicfractionssample.pdf
Basic math fractions sample (student edition) - https://www.brickmathseries.com/uploads/7/1/0/2/7102647/01blegofractions-parts-of-a-fraction.pdf
MATH FRACTIONS VIDEOS:
Finding Factors Using Legos https://youtu.be/17FVbnnPsos
Adding Fractions Using Legos https://youtu.be/UwH1QROTAu4
FREE LESSON PLAN AND LEARNING CELEBRATION PLANNER FROM INSPIRATION EDUCATION
Download our free printable lesson plan and planner below.
How to use our lesson plan and printable:
Determine which week you will begin your mathematic lessons.
Set the lessons you will learn each day. Remember you have 4 lessons you will teach on fractions - Monday to Thursday and then a learning celebration on Friday.
Have your student(s) make a party-list if they enjoy list-making or write down items you will need for your learning celebration party.
Decide if you will have Lego fraction activities or a Lego movie. Maybe both?!
Do you have friends who can join in on the learning adventure? Partner with another family and celebrate fractions, legos, and pizza together!
MORE FREE RESOURCES
Here are some additional free resources you can print for your fraction lessons.
• INTRO TO FRACTIONS:
• EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS:
*Scroll down on the page to the resource. Many mathematical printables to use.
• FRACTION POSTERS:
• LEGO FRACTIONS ACTIVITY:
FIELD TRIP SUGGESTIONS FOR SOCAL LOCATIONS
Here are some field trip suggestions for Southern California locations.
1. Legoland California | Carlsbad, CA
If you are looking to pair a field trip for Legos & fractions then look no further then Legoland!
Traveling Families: If you are traveling and want a personalized travel vacation service book with our sister company Fun Family Travel. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Educational Group: If you are a large group and would like an educational experience feel free to email us at email@example.com. We need 10 or more for this experience.
2. Pizza & Pasta Buffet @ Legoland California | Carlsbad, CA
Fun Family Travel Tip: If you visit during the later hours you will receive one free child meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Make sure to check the times.
Restaurant Entrance Preview: https://youtu.be/iNzEqJ36Bik
3. The Lego Store at Downtown Disney | Anaheim, CA
Fun Family Travel Tip: You don't have to have Disney passes or tickets to enjoy Downtown Disney. As a matter-of-fact, you can even extend your visit with a parking validation with a $20 minimum purchase. Click their FAQ's here.
It is not a secret that children love pizza! And of course adults as well! Here are some more ideas for you to enjoy.
PLAYDOUGH AND LEGO PIZZA
If you have a student that has great learning success with Playdough then this simple activity is for them!
What you will need:
White or yellow playdough (make it yourself or visit a Dollar store) This is for the crust.
A bowl of various Legos (make it easy and don't stress) This is for the toppings.
What to do:
Form a pizza crust with the dough.
Place the toppings (Legos) on the crust.
Slice the pizza in 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 etc. Have your student try and make as many fractions (or pieces) as they can.
BUILD A LEGO PIZZA
Video Link: https://youtu.be/GrO0IFix9IQ
When you have finished with learning your fraction lessons, celebrate with some Pizza!
Large Group Stations:
If you have a large group think about setting up stations.
Example: toppings station, pick-your-crust station, sauce station, and cheese station. Then put a wooden popsicle stick with the name of the person who made the pizza.
cilantro, jalapenos, pineapple, pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, chicken, bacon, basil, tomato
tortilla, bagel, sourdough muffin, french bread
pizza sauce, bbq sauce, alfredo sauce, pesto
mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese, gorgonzola, parmesan, cotija, panera
• make your own dough and homemade pizza https://youtu.be/qoCvzWav828
• make an easy peasy pita bread pizza
• make an easy peasy tortilla pizza
• make a french bread pizza
• make a pizza in the shape of a Lego 1 x 2 brick Make a rectangular shaped pizza and cut in 1x2 Lego Bricks!
*note: this is not our original photo. Found on Pinterest with no affiliation.
Have a wonderful learning adventure!