# Finding Out!

## Problem

Many buildings around the world are made of bricks.

Either

- Get hold of one or more bricks to use

or

- Make a brick shape with the materials you have (you could make it solid but you don't have to).

Compare the weight or length or volume of the different bricks you and your friends have.

Now suppose you have two bricks the same.

What is the weight or length or volume of the two together?

What about if you have 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 bricks?

Explore!

What can you find out?

## Student Solutions

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## Teachers' Resources

**Why do this problem?**

This problem gives a good opportunity for pupils to take a variety of measurements and then to compare their results. It is also a useful context in which to encourage learners to use their chosen equipment accurately and become more fluent in calculating. The activity then opens out to so children can investigate further and explore relationships and patterns for themselves.

### Possible approach

A good introduction would be to sit the children in a circle around the bricks and ask them to tell you what they can about the bricks. It is extremely likely that some of their comments will be about size and shape (both 2D and 3D). The children could then be asked to handle the bricks and add further comments about their properties.

You could then follow on with specific questions about length/volume/weight depending on your preferred focus. Or you could encourage the children to pose their own question about putting more than one brick together and then try to answer it for themselves.

### Key questions

So what do you think happens when we use more than one brick and put several of them together?

### Possible extension

There are a number of different avenues learners might pursue, for example:- They could focus just on one type of measure (e.g. weight) and explore all the different weighing tools available, then decide which is the best and why.
- You could encourage some prediction and generalisations about what measurements they would expect to find for a very large number of bricks.

### Possible support

If it's necessary to make some bricks, some pupils may need your support. Alternatively, you could suggest they use some connecting cubes (usually about 2 or 3cm³) to make a brick of their own.