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Camarillo High geometry students mentor young learners in math

Camarillo High geometry students mentor young learners in math | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
A project that started with Camarillo first-graders and high school students exchanging letters as pen pals reached a new level when the students met in person at Camarillo High School last week.
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Great method of focusing on learning geometry for both primary and older students.

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New Midway math class mixes hammers, hard hats, geometry | Wacotrib.com

New Midway math class mixes hammers, hard hats, geometry | Wacotrib.com | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
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ideas could be adapted for younger learners

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Point Park University program helps high school students add to their math skills

Point Park University program helps high school students add to their math skills | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

Students explore geometry connections in the real world. Elementary age students could try this in their own schools!

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Merging movement and geometry

How one teacher developed a tool for merging geometry learning and kinesthetic awareness. Could easily be done with the use of the ball and just some string or rope.

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Megan Cross's comment, October 30, 2012 7:38 PM
I think what I appreciate most about this video is that it shows another way to think about the way we approach teaching. What if we approach a lesson beginning with students' needs such as the need to move. I wonder how many other content areas we could infiltrate with movement...hmmm. I can imagine many wonderings coming off of this type of activity. (The idea of producing many wonderings is what inspires me to pursue the project approach and inquiry-based learning.)
Lissa Ledbetter's comment, November 5, 2012 12:13 PM
Very cool! I love out-of-the-box thinking! This is what education reform really means; not building on old platforms, but beginning anew from the ground up!
Lori Rakes's comment, November 6, 2012 5:39 PM
When I was in the classroom, geometry was the area that I had the most fun with - pairing it with music and lyrics. This helps the students so much.....they remember the information because they remember the songs and motions. I'll have to share some with you!
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Resource: Teaching Math: A Video Library, K-4

Great resource for videos of students constructing mathematics knowledge. Videos #16, 18, 19, 20 and 21 are great use of shapes in the classroom.

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Let’s Not Forget Geometry!

Let’s Not Forget Geometry! | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
NCTM serves math teachers, math educators, and administrators by providing math resources and professional development opportunities. Working for more and better math for all students.
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Exploring Geometry: 30 Exceptional Polygonal Art Illustrations - noupe

Exploring Geometry: 30 Exceptional Polygonal Art Illustrations - noupe | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

Great examples of polygons being used in art.

 

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Lissa Ledbetter's comment, October 24, 2012 2:23 PM
Very cool! The perfect example of S.T.E.A.M. (science, tech, engineering, ARTS, math). Integration can have such creative results!!
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Frequencies Sound + Vibration = Secret Geometry

Connections of geometry to science (sound vibration and frequency) and music.
Via 11th Dimension Team, Paul Ramsay
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Lissa Ledbetter's comment, November 5, 2012 12:18 PM
A perfect example of integration! What tools are being used here?
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Got Engineers, America? Have Your Kids Study Lego Bricks in School! - Forbes

Got Engineers, America? Have Your Kids Study Lego Bricks in School! - Forbes | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

Lego competitions merge STEM concepts with school. Think of all the geometry with shapes, lines and angles the students are learning!

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Shapes at Play | Ross Recreation

Shapes at Play | Ross Recreation | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
The sign discusses in English and Spanish the geometric shapes found in the climber and encourages kids to look for shapes as the play. ...
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Megan Cross's comment, October 2, 2012 9:56 PM
Learning opportunities are all around us if only we have the eyes to see! This site reminds me of the movie Dr. Schneider helped create with students from Learning Gate (I think) about shapes on the USF campus. Shapes on paper can be a bit boring/unnatural (particularly if you cannot relate to it), but shapes in real life...now that's worth exploring!
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PBS KIDS NEW Math Calendar: Take Math Outside the Classroom | New Parent

PBS KIDS NEW Math Calendar: Take Math Outside the Classroom | New Parent | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

Great tips for parents to address math concepts outside of school. Consider our environments- there are shapes everywhere! Pointing out various sizes and orientations can really help students to gain an understanding of "shape".

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Hessa Alsuhail's comment, September 26, 2012 6:02 PM
What I actually like in your post is the idea of making a connection between learning at school and at home. Unfortunately, when I was teaching in Kuwait, I worked with many parents who think that learning’s place is school and play’s place is home without realizing that they both could come together, learning comes through play. I think, I’m assuming, that they only need some help through workshops for example to understand how learning is a non-stop process and how they as parents could help their children learn through “funny” ways while they are at home specially with technologies.
Stefanie Lynch's comment, October 2, 2012 8:44 PM
I appreciate that this article gives concrete ideas for parents to incorporate math at home. It gives realistic, attainable suggestions for how to incorporate math in the home environment, addressing areas of time that can be used to discuss mathematical concepts, like driving in the car. I agree with Hessa, it is nice that the article helps to bridge a home-school connection. However, how can this be extended?
Lissa Ledbetter's comment, October 3, 2012 11:59 AM
I followed the link in this article to the PBS Learning Lab and found some specific programming for afterschool programs, inspired by the Electric Company. I have long-since been a fan of some of the approaches used by the new Electric Company, such as beatboxing and other hip-hop culture inclusions. I have held the Electric Company in high regard, so it was interesting to see their suggestions for implementing math, science, and literacy activities in afterschool settings.
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Early Mathematics Education Project » Book Ideas: A Triangle for Adaora

Early Mathematics Education Project » Book Ideas: A Triangle for Adaora | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

Great text to focus on using attributes to name shapes

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Defining and Classifying shapes

Defining and Classifying shapes | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
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great videos which illustrate students defining and classifying shapes.

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Problem Solving Development: Composing Shapes

Watch as author Doug Clements describes different developmental levels within the Composing Geometric Shapes learning trajectory.
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Geometry Playground Exhibition | Exploratorium

Geometry Playground Exhibition | Exploratorium | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

Using various ways of seeing geometry in the real world, the Geometry Playground will change the way you think about geometry. This traveling exhibition engages your hands, brain, and body in playful investigations of this most visible branch of math.

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Hessa Alsuhail's comment, October 24, 2012 4:47 PM
Wow! It really changed the way I think about geometry. It expanded my thinking and I believe it is a good source for teachers that it offers an opportunity to see the world using the lens of geometry. Simply, geometry is everywhere and almost in everything!
Lori Rakes's comment, October 28, 2012 11:57 AM
This would not only be educational, but fun. Maybe through this, others might be inspired to incorporate more math into everyday things for children.
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The Shape of Geometry in Montessori from Montessori for Everyone

The Shape of Geometry in Montessori from Montessori for Everyone | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

An overview of what geometry instruction might entail in a Montessori perspective.

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Megan Cross's comment, November 7, 2012 7:15 PM
After coordinating an aftercare program for young children at a Montessori school, I recognized a tremendous understanding of analytic ideas. I thought that their understanding might have had to do with their hands-on activities. This page reminds me how important it is for young children particularly to experience learning hands-on.
Judy Barberree Senzamici's comment, November 14, 2012 3:22 PM
What major ideas make teaching Geometry using the Montessori approach different from the way it is taught in regular public schools?
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A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics: Geometry and Spatial Sense

A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics: Geometry and Spatial Sense | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

A resource for K-Grade 3 about geometry and spatial sense development. Great professional development information and helpful activities for classroom practice.

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Early Mathematics Education Project » Learning takes shape: Big Ideas of geometry & spatial relations

Early Mathematics Education Project » Learning takes shape: Big Ideas of geometry & spatial relations | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

Early Mathematics Education project merging multiple areas of geometry: location, direction and movement. Essential to understand these elements to understand shapes in varied orientations.

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The Benefits of Imaginative Play | Kinderpillar Blog

The Benefits of Imaginative Play | Kinderpillar Blog | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
Your child not only learns skills through play, but she also builds her brain; stimulating play-based experiences in the early years contribute to the actual structure and capacity of your child's brain.

Special attention to the section on block play aiding the development of geometrical concepts.

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Students Build Math Skills & Character with Dog House Project - fox4kc.com

Students Build Math Skills & Character with Dog House Project - fox4kc.com | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
A great example of a focus on geometry and number in conjunction with one another
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Judy Barberree Senzamici's comment, October 31, 2012 9:55 PM
Great community service project that also provided practice in using math skills.
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It's a Long Story: Day 8: Flaptastic Shapes

It's a Long Story: Day 8: Flaptastic Shapes | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
Great photos of ways to create home school connections with shapes.
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Megan Cross's comment, October 9, 2012 5:26 PM
In my four & five-year-old classroom, we are exploring cars. Now, I am inspired to incorporate geometry as we can include in our time racetrack constructions!
Hessa Alsuhail's comment, October 10, 2012 3:57 PM
The photo, which shows a home setting with shapes on the carpet, has really attracted me to read. I enjoyed learning how sometimes simple ideas can bring fun and learning together. I’d love to share the link with some of the Kuwaiti parents I know here in Tampa and am sure that they would love it because it is so simple and engaging ☺
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Psychologist: Spatial intelligence underappreciated in academia - thereporteronline.com

Psychologist: Spatial intelligence underappreciated in academia - thereporteronline.com | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it

This is very helpful in thinking about how we need to differentiate our math instruction. So many students can struggle in areas of number, but excel within geoemetry... Maybe this has something to do with it!

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PPP: Child Growth & Development || Shapes || Help children understand shapes

PPP: Child Growth & Development || Shapes || Help children understand shapes | Early Childhood Geometry | Scoop.it
Young children have an inborn ability to understand shapes. Even babies can recognize the difference between a circle and a square. They can see shapes and feel them. But they need help learning the name of each shape.
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