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Image Maker: Developing Spatial Sense

Grayson Wheatley and Anne Reynolds 

February 1999, Volume 5, Issue 6, Page 374

Abstract:
Developing spatial sense, as well as number sense, as described in NCTM's Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989), is a central goal of mathematics instruction that engenders problem solving in particular and doing mathematics in general. A strong spatial sense allows students to formulate image-based solutions to mathematics problems. In geometry, having a mental image of a parallelogram is fundamental. Without spatial sense, a student may only act mechanically with shapes and symbols that have little meaning.

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Pre-K-2
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Grades 3-5
Constructions
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