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The Concrete Operational Stage Activity

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Elena Alea

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Transcript of The Concrete Operational Stage Activity

Jean Piaget
Jean Piaget, a developmental biologist who devoted his life to closely observing and recording the intellectual abilities of infants, children and adolescents ("Piaget'S Stages Of Cognitive Development", ). Piaget concluded that human development involves a series of stages. Based on his observations and research, he determined that each of these four stages of development was signified by the achievement of specific milestones. Each stage prepares the child for the succeeding levels ("Piaget'S Concrete Operational Stage Of Development: Definition, Examples & Quiz", 2014).
Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development
The Sensorimotor Stage is the first stage Piaget uses to define cognitive development. During this period, infants are busy discovering relationships between their bodies and the environment.
In the Preoperational Stage a child will react to all similar objects as though they are identical
During the Concrete Operational Stage, children begin to reason logically, and organize thoughts coherently.
The formal operational stage is characterized by the ability to formulate hypotheses and systematically test them to arrive at an answer to a problem ("Piaget'S Stages Of Cognitive Development", ).
Explanation of how the activity
supports development
The ability to master the conservation task is the classic milestone achievement of a child who has entered the concrete operational stage. The child who recognizes that even though the shape of the liquid has changed its volume remains consistent has mastered the conservation task. The child has demonstrated the ability mentally to manipulate the liquid and recognize that even though it looks different, it is the same amount("Piaget'S Concrete Operational Stage Of Development: Definition, Examples & Quiz", 2014).
The Concrete Operational Stage
The Concrete Operational Stage of development can be defined as the stage of cognitive development in which a child is capable of performing a variety of mental operations and thoughts using concrete concepts. This stage was believed to have affected children aged between seven and eleven to twelve years old. During this stage, the thought process becomes more rational, mature and 'adult like', or more 'operational'. During the Concrete Operational Stage, children gradually develop the ability to 'conserve', or learn that objects are not always the way that they appear to be. Once children have learnt to conserve, they learn about 'reversibility' ("Piaget'S Stages Of Cognitive Development", ).
Changing shape of water
Grade level 1
Session Use different containers to show water
takes on the shape of it's container
Key Words Liquid, volume

This lesson will introduce students to the concept that water and other liquids take on the shape of the container they are in. It will demonstrate that different shape containers can contain identical volumes of liquid. The teacher will demonstrate to students with various shaped objects that water will take the form of the container. After the demonstration, students will be given two activity sheets to complete ("Volume: 1.c.iii", ).

The Concrete Operational Stage Activity
Team C
Jennifer Klinger, Elena Alea, Ellen Ostberg,
and Verlana Munn

Piaget's Concrete Operational Stage of Development: Definition, Examples & Quiz. (2014). Retrieved from http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/piagets-concrete-operational-stage-of-development-definition-examples-quiz.html#lesson

Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development. (). Retrieved from
http://ehlt.flinders.edu.au/education/DLiT/2000/Piaget/stages.htm#concrete operation

Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development. (). Retrieved from

Volume: 1.C.III. (). Retrieved from
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