Quick Blocks: Developing Spatial Sense

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  • 1 Bowling Green State University, Ohio
  • 2 Cleveland Metropolitan School District in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 3 Olentangy Schools in Lewis Center, Ohio

This article shares the importance of giving K-12 students opportunities to develop spatial sense. We explain how we designed Quick Blocks as an activity to engage our students in both spatial reasoning and number sense. Several examples of students thinking are shared as well as a classroom dialogue.

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Footnotes

Videos and classroom dialogue show the importance of giving K–12 students opportunities to engage in spatial reasoning and number sense activities.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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