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Its that time of year again, when I’m picking up Legos off the floor and packing up my school bag. From SAHM to working mom, all in one week.

But this year, I’m excited to bring some of those Lego lessons with me. I’ve done some research on using Lego in the classroom, specifically in resource and literature settings.

Here are 5 ways to use Lego to build Literature skills:

5. Storyboards:

Have students use Lego to practice illustrating story structure and plot. The possibilities are endless as far as building in combinations of solo and group work, expanding on stories read in class and creating their own.

Here is a link to a lesson plan used in a homeschool setting with an 8-year old. It is easily translated into a lower elementary setting.

4. Grammar:

Just like Lego bricks, sentences and stories are made up of the building blocks of nouns, verbs, prepositions and etc. Visualizing these concepts can really help struggling students.

One method is to assign a certain part of speech to a certain color, or shape of block.

Another method is to allow students to design their own sentences using Lego bricks and define for you which bricks represent which words, and why.

Here is a book that focuses on this specifically!

3. ESL:

Put printed words on individual Lego bricks. Use this as a way for students to physically plot out their sentences and stories and make adjustments as needed.

You can make adjustments with larger Lego bricks or Duplos as needed.

This also helps with vocabulary words in any subject.

2. Poetry:

Use the Lego bricks two ways to build poetry interest and practice:

  • Have students build a structure or design with poetry in
    mind, then have them assign the words to describe the
    poetry or beauty in what they already designed.
  • Use the bricks themselves as words, and let students
    manipulate them to create all kinds of short and long-form
    poems.

This works well for syllables also. Students can work to create words out of the syllables, and think of the haiku practice they’ll get!

1. Story Development:

Students can build their own stories during a free-build time, and then flesh them out through words.

Another idea is to have them build off of each other’s ideas. Ever play the game where one student adds a line to the story, then passes the story along, until each student has contributed? Do the same, but with a Lego structure. Have each student spend time building and adding to the structure- then have each of them write their own interpretation or write a group story!

Here and here are some other really unique ideas for using Lego in the classroom. Explore, and have fun!

How have you used Lego or other high-interest manipulatives in the classroom?

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