- Child correctly identifies the triangle from a group of one circle, two typical rectangles, and one typical triangle.
- Children finds things in the world that are circles, such as breakfast plates, the bottom of cups, tires, and the end of garden hoses.
Help your student become a(n) Shape Recognizer—Typical
Discussions invite children to name shapes that are common in the culture, circles and squares, then triangles. Many find it easiest to start with prototypical examples--squares and equilateral (all sides the same length) triangles with the base horizontal. (However, include other examples as soon as possible to avoid having children think these are the only examples. See the level "Shape Recognizer—Circles, Squares, and Triangles" and the research note there.)
Practice-based Research: Help children "Attend to precision"–an important mathematical practice. For example, triangles must have three straight lines and be closed. For example, a child sees a musical triangle, which typically has curved corners with one opening, and calls it a triangle; explain that, though it is triangular, it is not a true triangle based on the aforementioned attributes. Agree it is called a triangle and ask "How would you make that a mathematical triangle?"