Objective: to allow students to use the ideas of short vs. tall and horizontal vs. vertical.
Manipulative Activity: Distribute integer (Cuisenaire) bars to all the children in the class. Ask each child or pair of children to build the five different samples of brick walls illustrated on the Bricks worksheet. Have students describe the brick walls using the vocabulary:
Technology Activity: Students will use an integer bar applet written by Jacobo Bulaevsky to reinforce brick patterns that emphasize horizontal vs. vertical placement. Depending on the availability of computers for your students, this activity can be done individually, with partners, in groups, or as a class.