Block play can teach children about gravity, physics, and spatial relationships. A hands-on lesson incorporates these concepts with an activity in which learners examine the relationship between levels in a pile. Scholars begin to understand the function and use it to estimate the number of blocks on each level.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use blocks or coins and do a few trials before guessing the relationship in the picture
  • Discuss if the function is linear, exponential, or quadratic
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of estimation

  • Easy to incorporate hands-on activities
  • Extends to higher and lower levels as needed

  • None