Moving into the Third Dimension: Geometry for Pre-K
My students need 2 sets of Magna Tiles for math.
My Pre-K classroom consists of 40 English language learners, all of whom are considered to be "at-risk" students, living at or below the poverty level.
My classroom focuses on math and problem-solving skills. Geometry is one strand of math that is crucial to my curriculum. Organizing shapes in space is a basic and powerful experience that helps develop spatial sense and problem-solving skills. Students need to talk about, plan, and organize their thinking in order to construct coherent structures. Unfortunately, our current materials limit my students to flat-surfaced, one-dimensional shapes. I believe that in order to move them into higher order and abstract thinking, my students need more experience working with 3-dimensional shapes. The relationship between 2- and 3-dimensional shapes are neglected in most curricula and need a greater emphasis.
Magna Tiles are flat planes with magnetized edges that will allow my students to explore and create structures that require a 3-dimensional perspective. Engaging in this type of thinking will help them move from concrete to abstract thinking and clearer mental imaging.
Your help will allow me to provide richer and more complicated construction experiences that will be not only engaging and fun but also will challenge and stimulate their logical-mathematical and spatial awareness thought processes that are so essential to their learning.
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