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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Recognizes variations in triangles, but usually does not recognize diamonds

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

See if the child can create a pattern with diamonds. After each attempt talk about what you like about each art design and discuss the shapes that were used, how many corners, sides, and how they were creatively combined.

Behavior Observed

Observe whether the child understands the diamond shape. Listen for how the child describes her creations.

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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