User login

Stairway to the Sky

Source Institutions

    Children's Museum Of Houston

Add to listGo to activity
Stairway to the Sky

In this math activity, learners use cubes to calculate how many blocks it would take to build stairways with different heights. Learners look for patterns and try to make predictions about how many blocks will be needed to build stairs of various heights. This activity guide contains a material list, sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • About 50-60 Cubes (sugar cubes, small 1 cm squared cubes, or other cube-shaped blocks)


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Probability
    • Number and Operations
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, ©2004

Funding Source:

  • ExxonMobil