Series: About Early Math

The Math in Blocks

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Jennifer McCray, director of the Early Math Collaborative, provides a play-by-play narration as a pre-k teacher leads her students through a tower building exercise with blocks. McCray provides insights into the complexity and impact of this seemingly simple activity.

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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

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What do you think?

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    Xiomara Castro

    March 16, 2016 at 4:32pm

    i think the resources they giving to us are excellent, to use with the children , to teach them math and shapes spational .

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    Xiomara castro

    March 16, 2016 at 4:37pm

    I thin the resources about whys, whats and hows are excellent methods that the children can learn shapes.

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    Mary Grady

    March 19, 2016 at 6:39pm

    I think all of the resources about the methods that children learn spatial gives great edeals for teachers to use in their classroom.

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    Brenda Burnett

    September 22, 2016 at 12:38pm

    excellent collection of resources for teachers to use with their children

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    January 17, 2017 at 6:54pm

    very good resource, to practice with children to teaching about geometry.
    Thanks for share all this materials.

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    Jeaneice Morrow

    September 28, 2017 at 10:12am

    I like the resources for teacher to use in the classroom with their children

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    Veronica Aguilar

    January 19, 2018 at 7:53am

    This video shows hand on activities with building with shapes that support exploring with shapes to create other shapes.

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    February 18, 2018 at 5:12pm

    I think the children are interested in what the teacher has to offer, because she has provided them with the tools they need to support their ideas. The children are also provided the opportunity to ask questions and provide answers from the hands on experiences they have been engaged in. By making determinations in regards to the activity it demonstrates there is some exploring with geometry that their determinations are made.

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    March 5, 2018 at 7:04pm

    very interesting lesson and presentation

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    Rebecca Mitchell

    April 22, 2018 at 11:00am

    I liked the resources used in the classroom. I like giving the ideas to children and guidance but I don’t like to over do it because I like them to think on their own and have their own ideas.

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