Series: Focus on the Child

Composing Shapes with Child 12

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A child composes a 6-pointed star shape using pattern blocks in multiple ways.

Focus on the Child videos are taken from one-on-one interviews with individual children. The interviews are designed to elicit evidence of children’s mathematical thinking. They are not teaching episodes or formal assessments.

Why is this important?

How satisfying to figure out a shape puzzle!

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Big Idea

Shapes can be combined and separated (composed and decomposed) to make new shapes. More

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Big Idea

Spatial relationships can be visualized and manipulated mentally. More

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Common Core Alignment

Geometry More

Foundational Math Concepts

Source: 10-11 Pre-K Training Video • Copyright: © Erikson Institute • Content ID: EMTR020 ①

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    […] One video shows a child laughing with joy when she creates six-pointed stars with triangles, hexagons, and diamonds. To reach this point, the teacher carefully supports the child’s exploration without giving her the answers and introduces mathematical language to the child. At the end, the teacher reinforces the math lesson: shapes can be combined and separated to make new shapes. Watch the video […]

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    Nancy Gaumer

    April 4, 2014 at 7:54pm

    I totally loved the composing shapes video! The JOY and EXCITEMENT the child showed while doing this was amazing. The teacher encouraged the child and used all the shape names that I have forgotten. I couldn’t help but clap for child 12!

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    Cody Meirick

    April 5, 2014 at 10:17am

    So many people get such a kick out of this video. We’re glad you love it!

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    Lisa Toscano

    July 14, 2015 at 9:39am

    We need to have children be this excited about learning on a regular basis!

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    Leonor Velasco

    June 10, 2016 at 11:16am

    This video and ways of composing I was pleased to see the joy of the child when he discovers that can make different shapes and excitement I had when performing different figures, as well as the teacher encourages a child to perform the activity

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