I don’t know about you, but teaching fractions in third grade was always a tough concept for some students, while others picked up on it super fast. It is definitely one of those concepts that need to have concrete learning practices in place when it is introduced. I have used pizzas, fraction bars, pies, pretzel rods, and more to get the idea across, and usually most of those hands-on manipulatives caused either loose fraction pieces we found months later – or crumbs.

When I received a fun email from Brigantine Media asking if I would like to review a copy of a new book they are carrying all about teaching fractions with legos, I was intrigued. And when they sweetened the pot to offer a matching free book to one of my lucky readers, I immediately agreed {you all know how much I love giving you free materials when I can}. 🙂

The book is called Teaching Fractions using LEGO Bricks by Dr. Shirley Disseler and is super fun!

It covers Parts of a Fraction, Equivalent Fractions, Adding and Subtracting Fraction with Like and Unlike Denominators, Mixed Numbers, and more!

Each lesson gives you the learning objectives and suggested number and sizes of bricks. This is super helpful in prepping the supplies before you actually teach the lesson. You can make baggies of the bricks per student, pair of students, or even small groups.

Then the lesson is broken down into 2 parts:

Part 1 is modeling and showing the students how the idea works.

Part 2 is when students get hands-on practice while you monitor the learning.

*One personal tip I would like to add which may help in your classroom that a very wise math specialist shared with me eons ago: Always allow the students to “play” with the manipulatives before beginning the activity. They are going to play anyway, so by giving them specific time to do it, it allows them to get it out of their system. Set a timer for 2 minutes and allow the students to play with their LEGOS. When the timer goes off, all materials are placed in a pile on the desk out of direct reach and the toys now become learning tools and should be used accordingly. This one small tip has helped me countless times from students just wanting to play with learning materials the entire time.*

The Brick Math Series also has student versions as well, which is fun for journaling and also has LEGO templates on the worksheet pages to color, which is helpful if you don’t have enough bricks, or just want additional concrete learning supplements.

There are also several other titles in the series, along with some accompanying YouTube tutorials which would be awesome for center activities! Here is one example for adding fractions:

Super fun, right?

As I was checking out the Brick Math Series website, I noticed that EVERYONE can get a FREE PDF copy of this same teacher edition book! WHAT?! How awesome is that? Click HERE to enter your info on their website and download your freebie digital copy. Or grab the Kindle version free at Amazon!

Alright, on to the best part I know some of you have been waiting for: Who wants to win a hard copy of this title as well? Get entered below!

Good luck to all those who enter from Brigantine Media and Organized Classroom!

~Charity

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Melissa Smith says

What a fun idea!

Charity Preston says

Right? How fun are LEGOS for kids? Incorporate them into learning and watch magic happen. 🙂

Penina Goldstein says

I’ve used number lines, manipulatives, and would love to learn more about using legos.

Charity Preston says

Love those ideas too Penina!

Marcy G says

This looks so fun and engaging. Love new ways to teach fractions besides pizzas.

Keira says

I’ve used fraction strips that the kids construct out of construction paper, number lines, pattern blocks, clocks, circles…but never Legos. What a fun way to get students engaged and help them overcome their fear of fractions!!!

Kim says

I think this is such a wonderful way to include lego in the classroom. I have used chocolate bars in the past. But that gets pricey!

Charity Preston says

I might eat all those manipulatives Kim. lol!

Allison D Tollman says

I love legos! This seems super fun!

Katie says

I think that food is a fun way to teach fractions…apples, oranges, donuts, brownies. Sometimes I use M&M’s or Skittles to talk about parts of a set.

Charity Preston says

Love the Skittles idea too Katie!

Janet Garrett says

How exciting! Previously, I’ve used fraction tiles to teach fractions, but legos would be so much more fun!

Jennifer Alvarez says

After having found knock-off Legos in the Target dollar spot this summer, I am excited to try this out!

Cindy says

My kids loved the idea of working with Legos for math!!!

stephanie says

Legos are so versatile and perfect for hands on practice of math concepts. Thanks!

Samantha L says

Thank you for the great giveaway.

Linda says

I have used construction paper fraction strips, and pizza parts. I would love to start including legos.

Pam says

Hi, I have used many tools in our special ed classroom. We have cut apart paper pizzas, used clocks, we drew diagrams on the board, we have also used special break apart toys.