Spatial Thinking and Its Development

Lesson Plan Content
This powerpoint explains the age-related progression of spatial thinking skills of students from ages 3 to high school. The skills relate to identity and location, magnitude, distance and direction, symbols, reference frames, and overlays of information.
National Geographic Society Education Foundation
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Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Arizona Geography Concepts: 
1: The World in Spatial Terms
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
2: How to use mental maps (a person's internalized picture of a part of Earth's surface) to organize information about people places, and environments
3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people places, and environments on Earth's surface