# The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: the Importance of Instruction.

This article helps educators answer questions about geometric thinking and the activities ... (more)

This article helps educators answer questions about geometric thinking and the activities that develop it. It outlines the 3 levels of thinking about shape and space and the 5 phases of activities known as the van Hiele model. The tangram puzzle provides a vehicle for describing these phases and the types of thinking students achieve in each one. The article concludes with a suggestion about followup activity. (less)

- Subject:
- Mathematics
- Engineering
- Education
- Material Type:
- Reference
- Provider:
- Maryland Public Television
- Provider Set:
- Mathlanding: Elementary Mathematics Pathway
- Author:
- Jenni Way