- Given an outline of a dinosaur originally made with pattern blocks, a child intentionally chooses shapes that will fill the puzzle and rotates and flips the shapes into place.
Help your student become a(n) Shape Composer
These activities provide shape puzzles without any internal guidelines and larger areas than those of earlier levels so children have to figure out how to fill the space by carefully composing shapes.
Practice-based Research: Carefully observe the level at which children are working. Shape Composers can combine shapes to make a new shape, such as using two triangles to make a rhombus, with growing anticipation: “I know what will fit.” They focus more on composing regions of puzzles than merely on determining placements of specific shapes one by one. Although difficult to tell the difference, children who have fully attained this level do focus on composing shapes to make new shapes, going beyond just "finishing a puzzle" (Bofferding & Aqazade, 2022, Clements & Sarama, 2021).