Mathematics for Young Minds: Pre-K to 1st Grade Space and Shape Activities
Mathematics for Young Minds Space and Shape is an instruction activity book filled with 60 developmentally sequenced Pre-K to 1st grade space and shape activities.
It also includes blackline masters and informal assessment guidelines.
This book focuses the mathematical background and research base of space and shape.
The goal is to help young learners develop a foundation for understanding geometry. To accomplish this goal, the following four aspects of space and shape must be understood:
Location and Direction
Movement in Space
However, to understand these aspects, young learners also need the following seven spatial perception skills:
Perception of Spatial Relationships
The best way to develop the language, skills and understanding that young learners need to conceptualize space and shape is to involve them in a variety of activities. A few of the Pre-K to 1st grade space and shape activities found in this book include:
From Here to There
Left and Right Game
These activities encourage children to:
Engage in discussion
Reflect on experiences
Connect new ideas with existing mathematical knowledge
Activities can be further divided into:
Reproducible blackline activities
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Promoted in Students
Expand and deepen conceptual knowledge
Encourage representation abilities
Strengthen problem solving skills
Develop communication skills
Problem solve and connect mathematical ideas
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