Shape & Space

We describe, measure, and compare spatial relationships.

  • How are these shapes alike and different?
  • What 3D shapes can you find in nature? What 2D shapes live in objects in our world?
  • How can you combine shapes to make new shapes?

A focus on spatial thinking allows mathematics to become a more visual endeavor and connects with what “real” mathematicians do when they are exploring patterns in the world and making discoveries. Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning p.3

Lessons and Links

Shark Bait 3 Act task early primary

The tall man and the small mouse

A Stone Sat Still

Investigating Shapes : created and compiled by teachers in the BC Reggio-Inspired mathematics Project for ShareEDBC

District teachers have access to ShareEDBC 

Geometry and Spatial Sense visuals and excellent hands on lessons:

BC Numeracy Network

Strengthening Connections: Shape and Space

NCETM Early Years


Math for Young Children – Cathy Bruce

Resources and assessments

Early Maths


Downloadable visual from this excellent resource can be accessed freely. Copies of this resource with rich thinking questions are available through the LRC.

Fabulous site bringing spatial reasoning to life from this excellent resource: