Creative 3rd Grade Teacher Uses LEGO To Explain Math To Students

Not only is LEGO an awesome toy (for kids and adults alike), but it seems it has another use we’ve all been overlooking: it’s a brilliant educational toy to explain mathematical concepts like fractions and squares.

LEGOs mathematical might is used by 3rd-grade teacher Alycia Zimmerman, who says that LEGO is an excellent developmental tool to use in the classroom.

The New York teacher says on Scholastic: “Fractions always seem to trip up my students. The only way to combat fraction-mayhem is to provide students with a LOT of opportunities to experience fractions with tangible objects.”

She asks other teachers, “Find some LEGO bricks in a storage closet or basement, and take some time exploring how they work. Count the studs, explore the dimensions, build some towers. And I guarantee, you’ll now be thinking … MATH!”

“You’ll undoubtedly find mathematical inspiration in a pile of LEGO bricks.”

“In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative.”