1st Edition

Moving Through Dimensions A Mathematics Unit for High Ability Learners in Grades 6-8

    102 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Moving Through Dimensions approaches spatial reasoning through one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional tasks designed for students in the middle school grades. The unit also asks students to explore the transition between dimensions and representations of three-dimensional objects in two dimensions. This book includes pre- and postassessments, multiple reproducible materials, and lessons based on NCTM standards.

    Moving Through Dimensions was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary to offer advanced curriculum supported by years of research. The Center's materials have received national recognition from the United States Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children, and they are widely used both nationally and internationally.

    Each of the books in this series offers curriculum that focuses on advanced content and higher level processes. The science units contain simulations of real-world problems, and students experience the work of real science by using data-handling skills, analyzing information, and evaluating results. The mathematics units provide sophisticated ideas and concepts, challenging extensions, higher order thinking skills, and opportunities for student exploration based on interest. These materials are a must for any teacher seeking to challenge and engage learners and increase achievement.

    Grades 6-8

    Part I: Introduction to the Unit Introduction to the Unit Glossary Part II: Lesson Plans Lesson 1: Preassessment Lesson 2: Introduction to Dimensions Lesson 3: Drawing Cube Structures Lesson 4: Projecting Solids Into Two Dimensions Lesson 5: Polycubes Lesson 6: Slices Lesson 7: Solids of Revolution Lesson 8: Sierpinski Triangle and Pyramid Lesson 9: Postassessment Part III: Unit Extensions Unit Extensions Common Core State Standards Alignment


    The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, VA, the center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.

    [We] learned a lot--and both of us loved the hands-on, critical thinking approach . . . I was also amazed at how simple very in-depth concepts became after the explanations and activities. Hey, even I understand polycubes and Sierpinski Triangles now! Even though the learning was from a text of sorts, I still consider the lessons to be living math. We were learning skills and doing projects that will easily translate into real world tasks.,Cindy West,Our Journey Westward, 1/1/10