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Location of Objects

Location of Objects

TEKS Objective

The student will describe the change in the location of an object such as closer to, nearer to, and farther from.

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Essential Understanding

The student knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life.

Science Background

Spatial Relations and Learning: New Horizons for Learning (PDF) - Information about spatial relations, including qualities like size, distance, volume, order, and time.

Spatial Relations and Learning
by Carol Stockdale and Carol Possin, www.arkinst.org

Fun and Games, Spatial Concepts: Chateau Meddybemps (website) - Information that helps parents and teachers learn about and teach developmentally appropriate spatial concepts to young students.

Spatial Concepts
Chateau Meddybemps, www.meddybemps.com

Signature Lesson

Play, Build, and Learn Spatial Relationships: Education.com (website) - Students develop a basic spatial concepts vocabulary while completing this investigation.

Play, Build, and Learn Spatial Relationships
by Pam Schiller and Lynne Peterson, Education.com

Supporting Lessons

Spatial Concepts Learning Activities: Chateau Meddybemps (website) - Students use pictures and words to reinforce their understanding of spatial relationships.

Spatial Concepts Learning Activities
Chateau Meddybemps, www.meddybemps.com

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Clifford, Which Clifford? PBS Kids (website) - Interactive whiteboard games featuring Clifford and Puppy Clifford, and focusing on spatial vocabulary, size comparison and estimation.

Clifford, Which Clifford?
PBS Kids, www.pbskids.org

Assessment Ideas

Clifford, Measuring Up: PBS Kids (website) - Use this interactive whiteboard game to assess your students’ understanding of spatial relations, including location.

Clifford, Measuring Up
PBS Kids, www.pbskids.org

Literature Connections

Up Above and Down Below. Redding, Sue. (ISBN-13: 9780811848763)

Positions: Under, On, Beside, In Behind. Aemmer, Gail. (ISBN-13: 9780887240072)

Related Science TEKS

(1.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(1.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(1.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(1.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(1.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(1.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student is expected to collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

(1.4B) Non-Standard Measurement Units
The student is expected to measure organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects, using non-standard units.

Related Math TEKS

1.12A  The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

1.13A  The student is expected to justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Word Pairs Game: Do2Learn (website) - Game that helps children learn about the relationship between “location” words that go together (e.g., front/back, in/out, up/down, etc.).

Word Pairs Game
Do2Learn, www.do2learn.com

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