Did you ever think Legos and chemistry would be used in the same sentence? Neither did I, but this detailed lesson plan does just that. Perfect for sparking interest in older learners, this lesson utilizes Legos to teach the concepts of chemical reactions. What I love about this resource is the fact that you are provided everything you need to teach this lesson, making it great to leave for substitutes or to use when you don't have a lot of time to prep and plan.
Don't just take my word for it, read this article to truly understand the benefits of Lego education. If you're looking for the 'why' of Legos; but don't have time for a research project, this simple to read article breaks it down into the 4 C's of Legos. Additionally, I really liked the project links included at the end.
Michael Matera's blog has been another one of my key go-to resources this year. If you are looking for a new way of teaching your students, you must check out his posts. This blog post provides an excellent example of Lego use in the history classroom, and he provides links to each of the materials used. I purchased one of the Bricks and More Builders of Tomorrow Lego set for my classroom, and the Lego Education Base Plates that he mentions.
Wow! Everyone should check out the amazing things these students created with legos. I was shocked to learn that the Incredible Machine was created by students aged only 7-14 which makes this lesson very versatile. I want to incorporate this into my lessons next year, because I believe it is a great problem-based learning activity, team-work building lesson, and it is great for tactile learning styles.
If you haven't ever thought about using Legos in the classroom as learning tools, this article is for you. It offers 12 great ways to incorporate Legos in your lessons, and it also provides links to where you can purchase the Legos mentioned. I found the links to be the most useful part of the article for me, because I didn't know what types of Legos I should purchase for my classroom. The rest of the article wasn't as beneficial for older classrooms, but it is great for elementary students.