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Lesson 4 - Communicate About Building a Model
To encourage your child to have fun on the Web
while learning about Communicate About Building a Model , here are some
games and interactive activities they can do on their own or in pairs.
Write clear instructions for building a model from a picture.
Student Book pages 308-309
Instructions for Use
Cubes lets your child build a model.
To use Connecting Cubes, have your child find
a simple picture of an object to reproduce using building cubes.
Click the stamp icon to place cubes on the workspace. Use the hand
icon to move the cubes. Click on the cube and lighting button, and then
click on the two cubes in a train to separate them. Click on the eraser
icon to erase cubes. And click on the broom to start over.
Drawings is a complex program that prompts your child to build shapes.
To use Isometric Drawings remember to construct the shape from back
to front, or from bottom to top. Select and drag a cube or rhombus from
the column, and place them on the work area. Click on the work area
to drop the shape. Using the white arrow icon, from the top row, move
the shape to any location. The red, yellow and blue arrows move the
shape diagonally, or up and down, along the axes. Click on the eye icon
to view the shapes from different perspectives. A separate pop-up window
lets your child rotate the shapes by moving the sliders. To rotate a
base, click on the blue and red circular icon. To rotate a shape vertically,
click on the yellow circular icon.
To change the colour of a face, edge, or cube, use the paintbrush icon.
To change the colour of a face, click on a colour in the colour palette,
then click on the rhombus icon from the column, and finally click on
the face in the work area. To change the colour of an edge, click on
a colour in the colour palette, then click on the pink line from the
column, and finally click on the edge to be coloured in the work area.
To change the colour of a cube, click on a colour in the colour palette,
then click on the cube icon from the column, and finally click on the
cube in the work area.
To change a cube into faces, click on the explode button - the blue,
red, and yellow cube on the top row, and then on the cube in the work
To erase a single shape, click the eraser icon and click on the shape
to be erased. To erase all shapes, click the eraser icon and click twice
on the work area.