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    Collaborating with Stages Cube Puzzles

    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Elementary (4-12), Parents, Lesson Plans

    Lesson Overview

    Student will gain familiarity with the Stages Cube puzzles through hands on exploration. 


    • Spatial awareness and hand eye coordination
    • Peer collaboration - working with others to solve a problem. 
    • Demonstrate an increasing attention span by remaining on a task until completion. 


    Lesson Description 

    Teacher will work with small group (2-3) of students. Allow students to have time to experiment and play with the cubes in the puzzle. Their initial thought may be to stack the cubes. That is okay! Students need to be able to experiment with materials before having them jump into using them for a lesson.

    Start by going over the different pictures on the puzzle. Depending on the language level and needs of the student, encourage them to labels the picture and/or provide descriptive words of what they see.

    Choose one picture for the students to complete. Go further in depth with the description of the picture.

    Split the puzzle pieces into two or three groups depending on the number of students. Have students individually figure out which side of the cube goes with the picture.

    When students have finished with their set of cubes, they will now work with the rest of the students to put the puzzle together. The teacher may need to model certain behaviors such as sharing, looking partner in the eye when speaking, and using peer's name when asking them for something. 

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    Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Written by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Lindsey Dunn received her BS in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in literacy and teaching English as a second language. After graduating, she began teaching in an inclusive kindergarten setting in Katy Independent School District, a leader in educational technology implementation. During her time as a teacher, Lindsey worked on modifying various educational technologies to meet the range of needs of her younger learners. In 2013 she completed her Ed.M at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus in Technology, Innovation, and Education. Following her time at Harvard, she completed a graduate school fellowship with Education Pioneers, a program geared towards training leaders to transforms the education section. As an Education Pioneer Fellow, Lindsey worked with STEMscopes, a science curriculum publisher, based out of Rice University in Houston Texas. During her summer she facilitated over eighty-five prekindergarten through twelfth grade teachers through the training and development of a new curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Lindsey has also consulted with large educational publishers and video game designers on effective learning design.