Weekly Challenge

The Building Blocks of ?

This week in our online maths clubs, we were exploring the idea of building blocks. If you would like to try these challenges in our online maths clubs, visit https://online.roots2grow.org/ and book a free trial session.

When we build things, we often start with simpler, smaller and generic items and create something special. We start the discussion of this topic off with ideas around baking (and a nod to Minecraft)

We then move on to look at Tangram, the puzzle that with about 7 pieces enables you to create almost any picture. And even those simple pieces have a building block!

It turns out that the building block that creates tangram was considered to be the building block for a lot more in the classical period.

This leads on to our current ideas about how the world and everything in it is built and a discussion on the patterns in the periodic table and the model that we have for elements and molecules (that are essentially mathematical models).

We hope that this enables discussions about how things are built and our ideas about the building blocks of… well everything. We would love it if you do have any #momentsofmaths while doing this if you could share them with us. You can do this in the comments or by uploading a picture to the gallery.

Some related topics:

  • Addition and subtraction (visual representations)
  • Tabulated data
  • Nets of Platonic solids
  • Tessellation
  • Chemistry, elements, atoms, periodic table

To try this activity:

  1. Download the resource file with templates and challenges
  2. Print out the file
  3. Get coloured pencils and scissors
  4. Watch the video below
  5. This one’s aimed at KS1 activities – KS1 video

Download or share all of these challenges with this pdf and let us know how you got on with it by tweeting using #momentofmaths and start to see Every moment is a #momentofmaths. Please add any photos or videos to our gallery. Here’s the link: View and upload moments. Remember you can explore the chalenges that we post here in our online maths clubs where you get an online version that you can play with directly on your computer. To find out more about our online clubs go to https://online.roots2grow.org/

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