Different Ways To Incorporate Magna-Tiles® Into Lesson Plans
Teachers and homeschooling parents alike work tirelessly to craft lesson plans designed to provide their students with the best education possible. And while many students do a great job with standard pen-and-paper lessons, magnetic building blocks can be used to bring STEM and other concepts to life in new, engaging ways. Adding a tangible aspect to your lesson plans can help your students grasp critical skills and recall them more easily later on down the line. Magna-Tiles® magnetic building toys come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them an ideal fit for just about any lesson.
Teaching Colors and Shapes
Starting with lesson plans geared toward toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners, Magna-Tiles® magnetic building toys are the perfect tools to help kids learn shapes, colors, and other basic concepts. Magna-Tiles® are available in a variety of shapes, including:
- Equilateral triangles
- Isosceles triangles
- Quarter circles
- Right triangles
- Small/large squares
- And more…
These shapes can be found in a rainbow of colors from cool blues and greens to vivid yellows and reds. The translucent material makes it easy to see what happens when you mix primary colors together. Place a red tile on top of a blue tile to get purple. Then, swap out the red tile for a yellow tile and watch the stack turn green. With an array of different shapes and color combinations at your fingertips, it’s easy to move from learning the basics to more advanced concepts.
Mathematics Made Easy
The abstract concepts introduced in mathematical lessons can prove to be a challenge for many young students. While addition and subtraction on paper can seem easy with single digits, more complex numerical combinations can be difficult for students who struggle in this area.
Magna-Tiles® are perfect for hands-on lessons in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and even basic fractions. What’s more, the material Magna-Tiles® are made from makes them easy to write on using dry-erase markers. Draw numbers or fractions in equations using your markers, and work with them in tangible ways. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh perspective to see a complex concept through.
Explore Magnetism and Polarity
As students get older and learn more and more about science, some things are just easier to understand when witnessed firsthand. One of those things is magnetic polarity. The products you’ll find at Magna-Tiles® are the perfect tools for experimenting with magnetism.
Learning how opposites attract doesn’t get much easier when you have a fun way to do it. While Magna-Tiles® connect in a variety of ways, they won’t if they’re misaligned. Students can use traditional bar magnets to discover polarity and hypothesize about how Magna-Tiles® work in their own unique way.
Find More Fun Lesson Plan Ideas
Make devising dynamic classroom material simpler with Magna-Tiles®. We offer a host of lesson plans for educators and a variety of fun activities in the Magna-Tiles® Play Book: Inspiring Creativity. For more information, reach out to us today.