Opportunities to combine, rotate, and compare shapes will help children develop understanding of part-whole relationships within and among shapes (as when two identical right triangles are combined to make a rectangle).

© Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative. Reprinted from Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know (2014), Pearson Education.

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