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Above and Below Worksheets

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Aligned To Common Core Standard:

Precursor to Kindergarten - K.G.A.1

What Does Above and Below Mean? In kindergarten, students learn about the relative position of objects in accordance with Standard K.G.A.1: Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, besides, in front of, behind, and next to. The position of any object can only be described in relation to other objects – it's impossible to describe the position of a single isolated object (at least in kindergarten terms). Therefore, we use the three basic planes of three-dimensional space on which objects can be related. The relative position in each plane can be described with conceptual pairs. Above/below is the simplest of these relative position pairs because there's really no choice — it comes down to gravity. As astronauts experience firsthand in space, above / below loses its meaning. But while our class is here on Earth, we assume the perspective of above / below in response to gravity. These worksheets are built to help students under what above or below something means.

Printable Worksheets and Lessons

Lesson Sheets

Orientation is everything here. We try to get students comfortable with left, right, up, and down.

  • Lesson 1 - If you are looking at a stair, where is above and below?
  • Lesson 2 - This lesson covers basic directions and positions. If you look at the chart below you can see that: 1 and 4 are above Fish 3. Fish 2 is below Fish 3.
  • Lesson 3 - Animals 2 and 3 are facing. Only Animal 1 is facing right.

Practice Worksheets

Students position multiple things in their field of vision.

  • Practice 1 - Circle all the objects that are above the scooter. Draw a rectangle around all the objects bellow the scooter.
  • Practice 2 - Draw a rectangle around the arrows that are facing right.
  • Practice 3 - Circle all the objects that are above the Bunny.
  • Practice 4 - Up and down, around the world!

Math Skill Quizzes

These are quick and effective for gauging a student's progress.

  • Quiz 1 - Calling all balls and soldiers.
  • Quiz 2 - The duck and the banana.
  • Quiz 3 - Facing left or right.