Building blocks and other manipulatives are used in a math class to help the students understand abstract concepts at a tangible level.

The grade 10 math class started a new unit today on quadratic equations.  They were given a real life situation: Luisa is designing an apartment building in a pyramid design.  Each apartment is a square.  She wants to know how many apartments can be built in this design as the number of apartments on the ground floor increases.

The students created the apartment building, collected the data using connecting cubes and graphed the relationship.

Dec. 14th, 2010 – Never Too Old to Use Blocks!