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All About Tangram Puzzles

Students will love composing shapes using tangrams in this hands-on lesson! Use this plan alone or as a support lesson plan for the **Tangrams: An Ancient Chinese Puzzle** lesson plan.
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Academic

Students will be able to compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.

Language

Students will be able to explain how to compose a larger shape with small shapes using content-specific vocabulary & hands-on materials.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Gather the class together and ask them to raise their hands if they've ever worked on a puzzle. Display several kinds of puzzles for reference.
  • Display the Vocabulary Cards and say, "Today you will be learning all about an ancient Chinese puzzle called a tangram. This puzzle uses smaller shapes to make different pictures."
  • Explain that we say ancient to mean that these puzzles are very old, and were created a long, long time ago.
  • Ask students to think about all of the shapes that they know. Point to different shapes using the Vocabulary Cards as a guide. Then explain that some of those shapes are part of the tangram puzzle.

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