North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Mathematical Thinking and Expression

Goal: Children identify and use common shapes and concepts about position during play and other activities.

Skill Progression: Recognizes geometric shapes

Age: 48-54 Months

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Sorts a wide variety of shapes

Situations for Observation of Skill

During center time, have children create art pictures from shapes. Have a variety of shape blocks, including different types of triangles and sizes of shapes.

Elicitation Strategy

First ask the child to put the shapes that are alike in different piles, so he can find what he needs.

Behavior Observed

Children will be able to sort the shapes.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Use the exact terms for each type of triangle, so children begin to know the names isosceles, etc. Comment when children create a shape. “Oh look you made a diamond out of two isosceles triangles.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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