First Things First
Let's take a look around. Take this 360-degree tour of the Thomas Jefferson's house at Monticello.
Home Sweet Home
Here is a lot of information in one chart. Study the chart carefully to make some inferences about the residents of Monticello.
Brick by Brick
Write a narration to go with the slides in this slideshow.
End to End and Side by Side
- Lay out two bricks, end to end. Calculate the exposed surface area and the volume of the total number of bricks.
- Find the same information for three bricks laid end to end. Four bricks. Five.
- Do you find any patterns? If so, you may be able to predict the surface area and the volume for 10 bricks. Fifty. One hundred.
- Do the calculations change if the bricks are laid side by side rather than end to end? If so, why?
Up and Up
Step By Step
Not only can a person find patterns in the brickwork, but Jefferson also enjoyed a good parquet floor.
It's time for us to use pattern blocks to create our own parquet designs (We'll also use them for other activities.).
Then we will learn how to make tessellations.
Finally, the teacher will introduce you to Pascal's Triangle and some exercises to go along with it.