Unit Study on Legos
by Dianne McLean
Legos are now a legend in most households - much like tinkertoys and barbies were for many parents and even grandparents.
The purpose of a unit study is to take something your child is deeply engaged in or interested in, and incorporate lesson plans across various course subjects. Legos can easily be utilized as a lesson in art, math, and even science (physics). When you begin researching and the inquistion process such as: Where did Legos come from? Who created them? What can you tell me about the country where Legos originated? - with these questions you can begin to also incorporate language arts and social studies.
Legos are also an incredible learning tool for children with learning challenges. When allowing them to focus on the creative part of their brain, barriers to learning can be broken and all of a sudden that child can express things you never thought possible. Imagine having your child learn about the history of their favorite toy, and then write about it! If the child is unable to write, then an oral report is just as valuable in demonstrating what was learned.
For smaller children, there is another product line made by Lego, called Duplo. It's basically the same thing except much larger pieces (harder to place in the mouth and easier to avoid stepping on while barefoot) made for tinier hands.
Either product is great for teaching math, sorting, coordination, and even physics. Don't want Legos or Duplos? Use any product that your child is interested in!
Putting together a unit study can be as simple as going online and searching for Lego lesson plans.
HECOA has created a great resource for MEMBERS ONLY to build your own unit study using Legos. It includes lots of links for lessons for all ages, information on getting involved in lego competitions and projects, and virtual field trips. Download the file by clicking the link ABOVE (be sure you are logged in as a member)