Model geometric relationships with bricks on a base plate. Plan and build a fence around the cows.
Pick 3 bricks from the bowl to be the cows.
Place the cow bricks in the center of the base plate.
Build the smallest rectangular shaped fence possible to surround the cows.
How to prepare
1 base plate
3 letter "C" bricks
All the other bricks
Place 3 letter "C" bricks in the bowl.
Suggest building a square fence and compare capacity.
Ask "What happens if the gate is left open ?"
Suggest "The 3 bricks are not cows and the other bricks are not a fence. What else could they be?".
Suggest building a square fence.
Use a pre-determined amount of bricks for building the fence.
Add mandatory rules : cows cannot touch the fence; cows cannot touch each other …
Peer play : one player places the cows, the other builds the fence.
Children will develop these holistic skills
- Practice scientific and technological approaches: Utilize appropriate tools and methods
- Recognize real situations that can be modeled by geometric relationships (alignment, parallelism, perpendicularity, symmetry)
- Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
- Understand rules
- Retell or create simple stories
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