All About Tangram Puzzles
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Tangrams: An Ancient Chinese Puzzlelesson plan.
Students will be able to compose simple shapes to form larger shapes.
Students will be able to explain how to compose a larger shape with small shapes using content-specific vocabulary & hands-on materials.
- 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.