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Early Spatial Relations

Posted on : 21-01-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : K-2 Math, K-2 Spatial Relations



The Websites:

Classroom Applications:

Practice spatial relationships with your students using all three websites which contain freely movable objects.

Whole Class Instruction:  Teach directional words by moving an object on screen and asking your studentAnimals Onlines to describe where the object was placed in relation to another object.  For primary students, use this as an opportunity to simultaneously reinforce and review colors.

Reverse roles, and have your students move an object in relation to another object according to your stated directions.

Arrange two objects in relation to one another.  Ask your students to guess the relationship between the two objects.  This encourages students to consider multiple ways objects may be positioned in relation to one another.

Whole Class Game:  Create an original game by writing a list of directions for moving objects on screen in relation to one another.  Number the directions in sequential order, print the sheet of directions, and cut the sheet into strips.


                1.  Place a red bird in the center of the screen.

                2.  Place a yellow bird beneath the red bird.

                3.  Place a blue bird between the red bird and the yellow bird.

                4.  Place a yellow bird beside the red bird’s tail.


Give one directional strip to each student and ask them to come up in order and carry out their assigned task.  As each student completes his/her direction, have the other students use the red/green card technique to agree or disagree with their action.   At the end, show the students a screen shot of what the last screen of objects should look like to compare to their result.

Individual Assignment:  Create a story and have a student move the objects on screen according to the story descriptions.   Then, have your students write short stories and complete each others’ stories by working in pairs on computers.


Comments (3)

Looking through your blog for the first time. I love all the resources you share AND that you share ways to use them in the curriculum. I know I’ll be sharing this with the teachers in my district!


Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment! I appreciate your compliment, and thank you for sharing my site with your fellow teachers.

I love your idea for turning this into a class game to teach directions vocabulary. Some students really struggle with this and I think a combination of verbal directions, the ability to manipulate the objects, and watch visually will help students tremendously. Thank you for sharing this idea!