Concrete Slider, Flipper, Turner

Can move shapes to a location by physical trial and error.


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Help your student become a(n) Concrete Slider, Flipper, Turner

Activities encourage children to move shapes or other objects and informally discuss what they are doing and why – their goals. Describing children's actions with spatial terms such as slide, turn, or flip, along with other spatial terms such as on, over, under, beside, behind, next to, and so on both enhances these experiences and builds spatial vocabulary.

Practice-based Research: Watch what children do with shapes, such as pattern blocks. Children are naturally attracted to and make symmetric designs. Showing and discussing their designs are wonderful starting points for learning about symmetry. Children’s designs may have line symmetry (for example, if folded, shape halves fit on each other), rotational symmetry (when a shape can be turned and fit on itself, like a parallelogram), both types of symmetry, or linear patterns (sequences in a row with a repeated core unit, such as ABCABCABC).

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.