Space and Geometry – Position

Strategy

Students can:

  • describe the position of an object in relation to other objects
  • use the terms 'left' and 'right' to describe the positions of objects
  • give and follow directions

Activities to support the strategy

Activity 1 – where is it?

Give each student a picture (or have students look through magazines to find a picture themselves)

Example

Students place a counter on an object in the picture. They then write 5 sentences about the relationship of the marked object to the other objects in the picture.

The following sentences would describe the lamp marked with the red counter:

  • The lamp is beside the bed.
  • The lamp is on top of the nightstand.
  • The lamp is to the left of the door.
  • The lamb is below the window
  • The lamp is right of the pillow

Activity 2 – left and right

Have a left day or a right day.

Students

  • tie something around body parts on the left side or right side
  • pass a ball or bean bag along a line or around a circle to the right or left
  • kick a ball using left or right foot
  • move using only their left or right hand or foot, e.g. hop on the left foot, and stir the cake with the right hand
  • have a dressing race using on one hand
  • play ‘Simon Says’, focusing on left and right, e.g. jump to the left, right hand on your head

Activity 2 – secret place

Each student secretly decides on a place in the classroom or in the playground. They then make a simple sketch of the classroom/playground which includes their secret place. Each student then writes a series of simple directions leading from their desk to their secret place. The students then swap maps and try to find their partner’s secret place.

Example:

  • start at..
  • turn right..
  • walk X steps..
  • turn left
  • walk to the ...

Activity 3 - mystery walk

Prepare signs with various directions on them.

Place signs outside the classroom so that students will follow a particular route by following the signs. On returning to the classroom students describe their walk and what they passed or saw on the way. Using boxes or blocks, the students can make a model of their walk. Students can make a sketch of their model and mark in the route they took.

References

Australian curriculum

ACMMG023: Give and follow directions to familiar locations.

NSW syllabus

MA1-16MG: Represents and describes the positions of objects in everyday situations and on maps.

Student Resources

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